Girls basketball: 2nd-quarter mistakes sink Wildcats

Second-quarter mistakes put the Oak Harbor girls basketball team in a hole it couldn't dig out of as the Wildcats lost to visiting Shorewood 62-51 Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Oak Harbor trailed 15-14 at the end of the first quarter, and then midway through the second quarter the Wildcats committed four turnovers in five possessions and the Thunderbirds turned the mistakes into a 29-18 lead.

The cushion stayed between six and 10 points most of the game.

Oak Harbor's press late in the first half caused a few turnovers and hurried shots by Shorewood and the margin was cut to six, 31-25, at the break.

The Thunderbirds quickly pushed the lead to 11 again in the third quarter.

A three-point play and a three ball from Janelle Yoshimoto trimmed the gap to six, 42-36, with 1:30 left in the third quarter, but Oak Harbor would get no closer.

The fourth quarter was a parade to the foul line as the two teams combined to shoot 21 free throws in the period.

Oak Harbor coach Trisha Clayville said she is disappointed after every loss but was particularly frustrated by the loss to Shorewood, one of the teams the struggling Wildcats (0-9, 1-14) were most likely to defeat. The T-birds entered the game with 2-5, 5-10 records.

She said, "It is mental mistakes, (lack of) experience mistakes that hurt us. They played hard but didn't have the mental experience to do the right things."

Yoshimoto piled up 19 points for the Wildcats. Clarissa Abadesco had eight, Ciera Wiser seven, Jalanie Bobo five, Annie Leete five, Dominique Jackson five and Tatiana Cumming two.

Oak Harbor goes to Everett (5-4, 10-5) tonight, Jan. 20, and then hosts Mountlake Terrace (2-7, 4-11) Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.

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