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Girls basketball: Wildcats lose to ranked Royals
The Lynnwood High School girls basketball team, ranked among the state's top-10 3A schools most of the season, proved their position by defeating visiting Oak Harbor 64-36 Friday, Jan. 14.
The Wildcats (0-8, 1-13) hung with the Royals (7-1, 12-2) early, trailing just 17-11 after the first quarter. A much better start, coach Trisha Clayville pointed out, than the first time the teams met and the Royals raced to a 27-8 first-quarter lead.
From there Lynnwood outscored the 'Cats 38-18 in the middle periods to pull away.
Clarissa Abadesco paced Oak Harbor with eight points, one more than Janelle Yoshimoto and Ciera Wiser. Emilie Renninger hit two three-pointers for six points, Annie Leete added five points, Tatiana Cumming two and Adrianna Royal one.
Oak Harbor outrebounded Lynnwood 44-36, including 17 offense boards, but committed 23 turnovers.
Clayville praised Wiser's defense effort, holding Mokun Fajemisin to 11 points. Fajemisin scored 15 points in the first quarter alone in the first meeting.
Clayville said, "Besides the turnovers, we played a good game. They are a very good team."
Oak Harbor, looking for its first Wesco win, hosts Shorewood (2-5, 3-10) Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. After the Thunderbirds defeated Oak Harbor 60-41 earlier this year, Wildcat coach Trisha Clayville said Shorewood was "certainly beatable" and her club would have good shot at topping the T-birds at home.