Tomahawks win showdown, 47-43

Eleven missed free throws in the first half and a couple of defensive breakdowns in the final two quarters resulted in a 47-43 loss and equals Jackson in the opening round of the Class 4A District-1 playoffs.

In Wednesday’s final home basketball game of the WesCo North season, the Wildcats needed a victory over Marysville-Pilchuck to nail down the upcoming tournament’s No. 3 seed but to the frustration of coach Brett McLeod, the team didn’t get the job done.

A victory over Snohomish earlier in the season gave the Tomahawks the district’s No. 3 seed, even though Marysville-Pilchuck and Oak Harbor have identical 10-5 league records.

“It was frustrating, we had 15 missed free throw shots in the game,” McLeod said. “We usually shoot the ball a lot better than that.”

Oak Harbor used a tough defense to hold the Tomahawks to just a pair of field goals in the first quarter.

The Wildcats were also aggressive on offense taking the ball to the basket drawing fouls, but hit just one of eight opportunities from the charity stripe in the first eight minutes of the game.

Despite the poor shooting, Oak Harbor was in the lead 9-6.

Both teams remained cold from the field in the second quarter and the Wildcats went into the halftime break up by four points, 18-14.

After Mietra Smollack scored a basket for Oak Harbor to open the third quarter, Marysville-Pilchuck went on a 9-0 run to take a 23-20 lead at the 6:14 mark.

McLeod called a time out and the Wildcats got hot from the floor building a 33-25 lead, before Nicole Peterson nailed a 3-pointer for the Tomahawks with eight seconds remaining to make the score 33-28 as the quarter came to an end.

“We were up by eight points and we were feeling pretty good about that,” McLeod said. “Then we got burned on a couple of defensive breakdowns because we didn’t box out. They took advantage of what we didn’t do and we let them back in the game.”

With less than three minutes left, Jessica Masters hit a 3-point shot and Shaelei Lucas followed with a basket to give Marysville-Pilchuck a 40-39 lead.

Oak Harbor turned the ball over on its next possession and Anna West scored to put the Tomahawks up by three points.

The Wildcats were down by a single point, 43-42 and gained possession of the ball with 27 seconds remaining, but turned the ball over on a traveling violation.

Now forced to foul in an attempt to get the ball back, the Tomahawks were able to convert four straight free throws in the double bonus situation to put the game away.

Marysville-Pilchuck outscored the Wildcats 19-10 in the final period.

Smollack scored a game-high 22 points for Oak Harbor and Clair Thiel had 10 before fouling out with 1:11 left in the fourth quarter.

Britt Harris led the Tomahawks with 12 points. Lucas scored 11 points and Masters had 10.

McLeod said the team just has to come back and get ready to play Jackson next week.

Jackson won the WesCo South with a 16-0 record and have a 19-1 overall mark. The Timberwolves’ only loss was to Snohomish at the Bellevue Community College tournament Dec. 8.

“They have a couple of good guards who will really get after you,” he said. “They don’t have a lot of size, but they shoot the ball well. “We have an advantage because we know what to expect on their home court and we played them over there last year.”

Oak Harbor opens district play Tuesday, Feb. 12, against Jackson, the same team the Wildcats lost 57-43 to in last year’s opening round. Tip off in Mill Creek is 7:30 p.m.

Marysville-Pilchuck 47, Oak Harbor 43

M-Pilchuck 6 8 14 19 — 47

Oak Harbor 9 9 15 10 — 43

Marysville-Pilchuck (47) — Britt Harris 4 4-7 12, Shaelei Lucas 5 1-2 11, Jessica Masters 2 4-4 10, Anna West 1 1-3 3, Nicole Peterson 1 2-2 5, Krisel Juco 0 0-0 0, Kylie Fordon 0 0-0 0, Dacia Heckendorf 0 0-0 0, Brittany Pierce 0 0-0 0, Morgan Martinis 2 0-0 6, Andi Adams 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 12-18 47.

Oak Harbor (43) — Mietra Smollack 8 6-9 22, Clair Thiel 3 4-6 10, Jessica Denmon 2 2-7 7, Cheyenne Tubo 1 0-2 2, Janay Baeyen 0 0-0 0, Jennifer Jansen 1 0-22, Roshaunda Smith 0 0-0 0, Cori Henricksen 0 0-0 0, Jasmine Chong 0 0-0 0, Danica Russell 0 0-0 0, Briana Brothers 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 12-26 43.

Three-Point goals — Marysville-Pilchuck 5 (Masters 2, Martinis 2, Peterson); Oak Harbor 1 (Denmon). Turnovers — Marysville-Pilchuck 16, Oak Harbor 10. Total fouls — Marysville-Pilchuck 16, Oak Harbor 21. Fouled out — Thiel.

WesCo North Girls Basketball

Final standings

Team League Overall W L W L

Lake Stevens 15 1 19 1

Snohomish 14 2 16 4

M-Pilchuck 11 5 16 5

Oak Harbor 11 5 14 6

Cascade 6 10 8 12

Monroe 5 11 6 14

Arlington 4 12 7 12

Everett 4 12 5 14

Stanwood 2 14 4 16

Scores Feb. 6

Marysville-Pilchuck 47, Oak Harbor 43

Snohomish 61, Monroe 50

Lake Stevens 67, Everett 25

Cascade 46, Arlington 33

Stanwood 53, Everett 49

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