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Boys basketball: Wildcats dumped at district
The Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team hit a rocky start in its first post-season action since 1998.
Glacier Peak used a suffocating defense to maul the visiting Wildcats 64-37 in the opening round of the district tournament Thursday, Feb. 10.
The Wildcats (6-15) now travel to Sedro-Woolley (4-17) Saturday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. for a loser-out game. The Cubs lost to Meadowdale 59-43 Thursday.
In other 3A district opening-round action, Mount Vernon defeated Shorecrest 64-54 and Mountlake Terrace topped Shorewood 40-33.
Oak Harbor shot just 32 percent against Glacier Peak as the Grizzlies forced the Wildcats to continually take contested or hurried tries from the field.
The Wildcats attempted to slow the tempo but "lacked patience" coach Mike Washington Sr. said.
The Wesco 3A regular-season champion Grizzlies (19-3) raced to a 16-5 lead. Buckets by Jay Stout and Mike Washington Jr. helped Oak Harbor narrow the gap to 16-10 at the end of the quarter.
GP started the second period on an 8-0 run and Oak Harbor never recovered. The 'Cats score only five points in the quarter and trailed 31-15 at the break.
Glacier Peak shot 52 percent for the game and drained 10 of 17 three-point attempts (59 percent). Jack Bonner was 4-for-6 and Dylan Vargas 5-for-9 from long range and led the Grizzlies with 18 and 17 points.
Washington Jr. was the only Wildcat to score in double figures with 12 points. His brother, freshman Drew, played only 10 minutes but was next in scoring with eight points. Stout and Stevie Bratt finished with five, Denzel Massey three, Connor Paul two and Dayne Herron two.
Washington Sr. substituted liberally in the second half.
Glacier Peak, playing without leading scorer and rebounder, 7-foot post Payton Pervier, who was dismissed from the team, also out rebounded Oak Harbor 35-24.
Washington Sr. said his club didn't match up well with the seventh-ranked Grizzlies. He said, "They are physically strong, good shooters, strong inside, good ball handlers and well coached."