3rd-quarter surge carries Royals to win | Girls basketball

One quarter made all the difference in Lynnwood's 60-36 win over the host Oak Harbor girls basketball Wednesday, Dec. 14.

The Royals (2-1, 2-4) outscored Oak Harbor 22-4 in the third quarter in what was otherwise a close game; Lynnwood held only a 38-32 edge in the other three periods.

A rash of Wildcat turnovers, half of their game total of 26, in the decisive third quarter put Shorewood in control.

The Thunderbirds led only 12-11 and 30-23 after the first two quarters. A 12-2 run that bridged the first two periods helped Shorewood go up 20-11 with 6:06 left in the half.

Shorewood combined the Wildcat miscues with strong offensive rebounding and hot three-point shooting throughout the game to net the win.

The T-birds held a 41-28 edge on the boards with a whopping 26-11 lead on the offensive glass. Those extra chances mixed with a plus-nine margin in turnovers allowed Shorewood to put up 19 more shots than the Wildcats.

The two teams had similar shooting stats from two-point range (both teams hit 11), but the Thunderbirds drained 10 of 26 three pointers while Oak Harbor hit only one of 11.

Masha Shtikel sank six of the Shorewood threes en route to a game-high 25 points.

Oak Harbor coach Trisha Clayville was particularly irked by the offensive rebounding stats because her team usually excels in boxing out.

"Everything starts with the boards," she said.

She also said that her team "panicked" in the turnover-filled third quarter and its "inexperienced showed."

"There were flashes of good things," she added. "Early on we executed, ran our offense and scored…We just need to string the good things together."

Annie Leete had 11 points for Oak Harbor, while Kelsey Rankin added nine points and seven rebounds. Ciera Wiser scored six, Marissa Lewis four, Tatiana Cumming two, Rayan Russell two and Kaileen Burleson two.

Oak Harbor (0-2, 1-4) heads to Everett (2-1, 4-1) Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:15 p.m.

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