Defense leads Wildcats to win | Girls basketball
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
January 7, 2012 · Updated 12:17 PM
Behind a stingy defense, the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team picked up its first conference win by defeating host Marysville Getchell 44-30 Friday, Jan. 6.
The Wildcats forced the Chargers into a miserable shooting night as Getchell connected on only 17 percent of its shots from the field (9-for-53). That offset a so-so shooting performance by Oak Harbor, which knocked down 17 of 56 shots (30 percent).
Turnovers have been a problem for Oak Harbor all season, but the Wildcats committed only 21 in the win while pushing the Chargers to 28.
Down 6-5, the Wildcats opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run with Annie Leete and Ciera Wiser providing all the points, and Oak Harbor led 19-13 at the break.
The Chargers quickly cut the gap to 19-17 in the third quarter, then five different Wildcats scored as Oak Harbor steadily pulled away and led 35-24 going into the final frame.
The Chargers (0-8, 0-12) never threatened in the fourth.
Sophomore guard Leete led all scorers with 19 points, including hitting three of five three-point attempts. She also had four steals and two assists.
Weiser finished with seven points and 11 rebounds, and Jalani Bobo scored six points, Rayan Russell four, Dominique Jackson four, Rayan Russell three and Marissa Lewis one.
Lewis spearheaded the strong defensive attack with six steals.
Coach Trisha Clayville said, "The girls played well as a team. Annie Leete and Jalani Bobo in particular played very welll. And they all continued to play hard and smart at the end of the game."
Oak Harbor (1-7, 2-10) travels to Shorecrest (6-1, 9-2) Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7:15 p.m.