OROVILLE — The Oroville High girls basketball team had its chance against the 18-2 Paradise Bobcats.

The team cut it to three at one point in the second quarter, but fell victim to what Tigers coach Tom Frazier called Paradise”s veteran leadership.

That alone, he said, helped Paradise, the overwhelming leader in the Eastern Athletic League South division, break the game wide open and seemingly cruise to a 62-46 victory over the Tigers on Thursday night in Oroville.

“Paradise is a seasoned team and we are still young, so we gamble and miss, we go for a shot and it”s blocked, we focus our attention somewhere else and forget about people,” Frazier said. “That”s that seasoned veteran that Paradise has and that”s where we are looking to be.”

For a stretch, Oroville (9-14, 1-8 EAL S) displayed the type of leadership Paradise exhibits almost every night. It all started following Paradise”s 15-0 lead at the 3:05 mark of the opening quarter. But after Frazier calmed his girls with a timeout, Oroville hit the floor and behind senior Molly Finn dropped in seven straight points Ð with Finn converting five of those Ð to cut a commanding double-digit lead down to 15-7.

“Most teams 15-0 in the first quarter they throw the towel in, but they showed tonight they weren”t going to do it,” Frazier said. “It took a senior like Molly, who has had success at the varsity level with cross country, to know what it takes to (make) the extra effort.”

The run didn”t last for long, however, as Paradise, following Finn”s three from the left corner to cut it to 18-15, immediately pounded home a basket to extend the lead back to five points. The Bobcats (19-2, 7-2) scored nine straight after that, with Quigley converting four of those inside, to push the team in front, 31-18 at halftime.

“At one point I said, ”Give the ball to Quigley and get out of the way,”” Paradise coach Seth Roberts said. “Tonight she showed what she can do and showed her potential.”

Quigley, a 5-foot-10 senior forward finished with 16 points and four rebounds, while Stephanie Vestnys led the way with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Together the two scored 36 and performed in the absence of Brieanna Churchill, who is out with a concussion.

“We tried to makeup for the difference and we had to pick up a lot of slack (in Churchill”s absence), so Stephanie and I just tried to play as hard as we could,” Quigley said.

Paradise senior forward Hannah Roberts was the team”s third option with 14 points, while Kailey Williams drilled a pair of 3s to finish with seven points in the victory. Nicole Speer scored eight points, while Ashley and Britteny Jenkins added six points apiece for the Tigers.

Jeff Larson is the sports editor at the Paradise Post.

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