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Wildcats third in WesCo North

A dominating rebounding performance at both ends of the court by Oak Harbor’s twin towers, Jennifer Jansen and Clair Thiel, helped out by Jasmine Chong and Roshaunda Smith off the bench, got the Wildcats back on track with a 51-32 victory over Stanwood in Wednesday WesCo North basketball action.

The victory puts the Wildcats in sole possession of third place with a 4-1 league record and a 7-2 overall mark.

Coming off a loss to Federal Way in the finals of the Santa Slam Tournament and playing shorthanded with starting point guard Jessica Denmon on the bench with a bruised heel, the Wildcats spread the scoring around and every player who got on the floor against Stanwood put points on the board.

“We’re actually getting better on offense,” coach Brett McLeod said. “It was a really good game for us not having our full team. I felt good about it.”

Thiel scored four points in the first quarter as the Wildcats took a 10-8 lead, and Jansen had five points in the second period as Oak Harbor pushed the margin to 27-17 at halftime.

“We just went out there, the twin towers, and just dominated,” a smiling Jansen said after the game. “This is our first time playing together on the court for a long period of time.”

“It was a lot of fun, we like that,” Thiel added.

Jansen scored nine points and Thiel was one of four Oak Harbor players with six points.

Mietra Smollack led the Wildcats with a game-high 10 points.

In the second half Oak Harbor’s rebounding strength took the game over and most of the time, the Spartans had just a single shot at the basket before one of the white-shirted Wildcats grabbed the ball and started up the court the other way.

The Wildcats went on an 11-0 run to open the third quarter and build a 38-17 lead, before Sarahann Jackson got the Spartans’ first basket at the 3:38 mark.

“We really did a good job in the second half getting the defensive rebounds, that helped us,” McLeod said. “They started missing shots and we were right there every time to rebound the ball.”

Stanwood scored just six points in the second half.

Janay Baeyen, Chong and Cori Henricksen all tallied six points for Oak Harbor.

“I thought we played really good as a team tonight, we were connected and we had good execution,” Henricksen said.

Courtney Collins led the Spartans with nine points.

Spartans thump Wildcats 64-42

Trailing 35-27 at halftime, the Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team scored just 15 points in the final two quarters and dropped their sixth straight game losing 64-42 to Stanwood Wednesday night.

Trailing by a single point, 16-15, after the first quarter, the Spartans began pulling away putting 19 points on the board in the second period.

Eric McCardle scored 14 points and Robert Brooks added 12 for the Wildcats who fell to 1-4 in league games and 2-8 overall.

Kale Schmidt had a game-high 24 points for the Spartans, (4-2 league, 5-5 overall), and teammate Zach Johnson had 17 points.

Oak Harbor 51, Stanwood 23

Stanwood 8 9 2 4 — 23

Oak Harbor 10 17 15 9 — 51

Stanwood (23) — Courtney Collins 2 5-6 9, Morgan Wietzke 2 0-1 4, Kallen Shaughnessy 1 0-0 2, Tarin Nicholas 1 0-0 2, Sarahann Jackson 1 0-0 2, Jordan Nemo 1 0-0 2, Kelly Harris 1 0-0 2. Totals 9 5-7 23.

Oak Harbor (51) — Mietra Smollack 3 2-3 10, Jennifer Jansen 4 1-5 9, Janay Baeyen 3 0-0 6, Clair Thiel 3 0-0 6, Cori Henricksen 3 0-0 6, Jasmine Chong 3 0-0 6, Cheyenne Tubo 1 0-0 2, Roshaunda Smith 2 0-2 4, Briana Brothers 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 3-10 51.

Three-point goals — Stanwood 0, Oak Harbor 2 (Smollack 2). Turnovers — Stanwood 20, Oak Harbor 14. Total fouls — Stanwood 10, Oak Harbor 13. Fouled out — none.

WesCo North girls basketball

standings through Jan. 2

Team League Overall

W L W L

Lk. Stevens 5 0 9 0

Snohomish 5 0 7 2

Oak Harbor 4 1 7 2

Cascade 3 3 5 5

Monroe 2 3 3 6

Everett 2 4 3 6

M-Pilchuck 2 3 7 3

Arlington 1 4 4 4

Stanwood 0 6 2 8

Scores

Jan. 2

Oak Harbor 51, Stanwood 23

Snohomish 58, Everett 18

Lake Stevens 83, Arlington 32

Cascade 41, Monroe 36

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