Snohomish ends Oak Harbor’s season

The string ran out at three Friday night for the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team.

Playing their third loser-out game in the Northwest District Class 4A basketball tournament and their third game of the season against Snohomish, the Wildcats’ season came to an end.

Oak Harbor held a 29-28 lead over the Panthers at the end of three quarters of play and with 5:20 remaining in the game, were up by five points, 36-31.

But then missed free throws and a pair of key turnovers caught up with the Wildcats and Snohomish was able to pull out a 48-42 victory to earn the district’s No. 3 seed to the state tournament.

“We played hard, but we made a couple of mistakes and committed two big turnovers down the stretch,” coach Brett McLeod said. “That’s what killed us and they were able to cash in on them, too.”

The Wildcats came out of the gate slow and the Panthers were able to take an 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks to 3-point baskets by Emily Guthrie and Allison Burns.

Oak Harbor turned up its defensive effort in the second period holding Snohomish to five points and Jessica Denmon got hot from the field for the Wildcats.

The junior guard scored three baskets from the field and Oak Harbor cut the lead to 16-15 at the halftime break.

Denmon finished the game with 14 points.

Leading scorer Mietra Smollack was held to only three points in the first half, but she and Denmon burned the net in the third quarter as the Wildcats took a 29-28 lead.

Smollack scored six of her game-high 15 points in the quarter and Denmon knocked down a pair of long-range shots and two more from the charity stripe, as part of the Wildcats’ 14-point surge.

Allison Burns hit a 3-point basket for Snohomish to open the fourth quarter and give the Panthers a 31-29 lead, but Oak Harbor responded with a 7-0 run.

Suddenly, it appeared the Wildcats were headed for a date at the state tournament, and Panthers’ coach Ken Roberts called a time out to get his chargers regrouped.

Snohomish scored three points from the free throw line to cut the lead to 36-34, before Smollack hit a one-of-two opportunity from the line to push the lead back to three points with 4:53 left in the game.

The Panthers tied the game 37-37 with three consecutive free throws and then the roof fell in on the Wildcats.

Oak Harbor committed back-to-back turnovers that led to easy layup baskets for Karley Lampman. The Wildcats, now trailing 41-37, were never able to come back.

“Snohomish has a good team,” McLeod said. “They turned up their defense and we couldn’t answer at that point. It was the little things that eventually beat us.”

Snohomish kept the pressure on, building a 46-39 lead until Smollack hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining in the game, but time ran out on the Wildcats’ season.

Burns led Snohomish with 14 points with Lampman and Katie Benson scoring 13 points each.

Oak Harbor ends the season with a 16-8 overall record.

In the other district tournament game for the first and second-place seeds, Jackson defeated Lake Stevens 65-56.

In boys action, Snohomish is the No. 1 seed with a 60-54 win over Edmonds-Woodway and Mariner beat Stanwood 59-45 to earn the No. 3 seed.

Snohomish 48, Oak Harbor 42

Oak Harbor 6 9 14 13 — 42

Snohomish 11 5 12 20 — 48

Oak Harbor (42) — Mietra Smollack 4 6-11 15, Jessica Denmon 5 2-2 14, Cheyenne Tubo 2 2-2 7, Clair Thiel 2 0-2 4, Janay Baeyen 0 0-0 0, Jennifer Jansen 0 0-2 0, Cori Henricksen 1 0-0 2, Roshaunda Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 10-19 42.

Snohomish (48) — Allison Burns 4 2-4 14, Karley Lampman 4 4-4 13, Katie Benson 2 8-9 13, Emily Guthrie 1 1-2 3, Shante Scott 1 0-2 2, Juliet Desmarais 0 0-0 0, Molly Miller 0 0-0 0, Margie Heard 1 0-0 2, Kristi Fairbanks 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 15-21 48.

Three-point goals — Oak Harbor 4 (Denmon 2, Tubo, Smollack); Snohomish 7 (Burns 4, Guthrie, Lampman, Benson). Turnovers — Oak Harbor 13, Snohomish 14. Total fouls — Oak Harbor 16, Snohomish 16. Fouled out — Baeyen, Scott.

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