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Undefeated Vikings top Wildcats

Several out-of-town competitions involving Oak Harbor High School teams resulted in a small crowd for Friday’s WesCo North basketball game between the Wildcats and league-leading Lake Stevens.

But those who did attend the game learned very quickly why the Vikings are undefeated and ranked third in the most recent Washington state Class 4A coaches poll.

Oak Harbor coach Brett McLeod summed things up best. “Every time we’d make a mistake, they would score on us,” he said. “If we didn’t come out, they’d shoot the 3-pointer. If we’d lose somebody in traffic, they score the easy basket. They are a very good team.”

The Wildcats held a 4-2 lead at the 6:20 mark of the opening quarter but 15 seconds later, senior Mietra Smollack went out of the game after drawing her second personal foul in less than two

minutes.

The Vikings then went on a 10-0 run to take a 12-4 lead until Jessica Denmon broke the string with a 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining in the quarter.

Smollack came back in the game for a brief stint, only to collect her third foul with 23 seconds remaining, resulting in a return trip to the bench.

Lake Stevens held a 14-9 advantage after the first period, and upped the margin to 27-20 at halftime.

“It didn’t help us any with Mietra out of the game,” McLeod said. “She played maybe a little more than two minutes the entire first half.”

Lake Stevens scored four-straight points to open the second half and by the end of the third quarter, it seemed everything the Vikings did on the floor was working.

With three players on the floor standing 6-foot, 1-inch or better, the Vikings had control of the boards, and Mary Ochiltree and Alona Personius were able to connect on long-range shots.

Ochiltree scored 15 points for the Vikings and Personius had 12.

Lake Stevens put 17 points on the board in the third quarter while holding the Wildcats to

eight, and coasted into the final period with a 44-28 lead.

Karri Gallagher and Brittany Tri were the other two players in double figures for Lake Stevens with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Denmon with 15 points and Smollack with 12 were the only players to score in double figures for Oak Harbor.

Lake Stevens 58, Oak Harbor 43

Lake Stevens 14 13 17 14 — 58

Oak Harbor 9 11 8 15 — 43

Lake Stevens (58) — Karri Gallagher 6 2-3 15, Mary Ochiltree 5 4-4 15, Brittany Tri 6 1-2 13, Alona Personius 4 1-2 12, Leah Tate 0 0-0 0, Kayla Bostwick 1 0-0 2, Lauren Goddard 1 0-0 2, Stephanie Schumacher 0 0-0 0, Meghan

Warbus 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 8-12 58.

Oak Harbor (43) — Jessica Denmon 5 1-3 15, Mietra Smollack 4 2-2 12, Cheyenne Tubo 0 0-0 0, Clair Thiel 1 2-2 4, Janay Baeyen 0 0-0 0, Jennifer Jansen 2 1-1 5, Cori Henricksen 1 0-0 2, Jasmine Chong 1 0-0 2, Roshaunda Smith 1 2-2 4. Totals 15 8-10 43.

Three-point goals — Lake Stevens 4 (Personius 3, Ochiltree); Oak Harbor 5 (Denmon 4, Smollack). Turnovers — Lake Stevens 12, Oak Harbor 15. Total fouls — Lake Stevens 13, Oak Harbor 13. Fouled out — none.

WesCo North Girls Basketball

Games through Feb. 4

Team League Overall

W L W L

Lake Stevens 14 1 18 1

Snohomish 13 2 15 4

Oak Harbor 11 4 14 5

M-Pilchuck 10 5 15 5

Monroe 5 10 6 13

Cascade 5 10 7 12

Arlington 4 11 7 11

Everett 4 11 5 13

Stanwood 2 14 4 16

Scores Feb. 4

Oak Harbor 64, Monroe 50

Snohomish 44, Lake Stevens 38

Marysville-Pilchuck 61, Arlington 33

Stanwood 53, Everett 49

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