Leete's big night not enough | Girls basketball

Annie Leete connects on one of her six three-point baskets against Everett. - John Fisken / Whidbey News-Times
Annie Leete connects on one of her six three-point baskets against Everett.
— image credit: John Fisken / Whidbey News-Times

Annie Leete and her Oak Harbor High School teammates put up a good fight, but the Everett girls basketball team had too many weapons and defeated the host Wildcats 72-37 Monday, Jan. 23.

Leete, a sophomore guard, drilled six of seven three-point attempts and finished with 22 points, but the Seagulls (8-4, 11-5) countered with 10 three-balls to roll to the win.

In all, five Everett players made shots from beyond the arc and they combined to miss only six three-ball attempts, and five of those were by one player.

With the score tied at 13 with two minutes left in the first quarter, Everett went on an 11-1 run and finished the frame up 24-17.

When Leete hit her fourth three-pointer of the half to make it 30-20, Everett coach John Low switched to a box-and-one defense to slow the Oak Harbor sharp-shooter. The move worked and the Seagulls led 41-24 at the half.

Leete opened the second half with two more threes to trim it to 41-30. Again, the Seagulls went to a box-and-one, and, again, Leete was held in check.

Everett finished the quarter with 10 straight points and a 53-30 lead.

Leete received little offensive support. Ciera Wiser was next with seven points (she also had seven rebounds). Dominique Jackson finished with three points, Jalani Bobo two, Marissa Lewis two and Rayan Russell one.

The Wildcats were hurt by turnovers. They committed 28 that led to 38 Everett points.

Natalie Fiallos, instead of Leete, opened at point guard for Oak Harbor, and coach Trisha Clayville said the 4-10 sophomore "did all the right things." The move also opened up offensive opportunities for Leete, Clayville said.

Clayville said she liked the offensive aggressiveness of Wiser and that Bobo "played well."

"We passed the ball better," Clayville said, "but we still had too many unforced errors."

Oak Harbor (1-10, 2-13) entertains Meadowdale (6-6, 7-9)Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:15 p.m. and then travels to Mountlake Terrace (2-9, 4-11) and Shorewood (5-5, 6-8)Friday and Saturday.

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