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'Cats rally back but can't hold lead | Girls basketball

A nice comeback went for naught as the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team lost 57-53 at Mount Baker Friday, Nov. 30, in Deming.

For the second straight game in as many tries, the Wildcats overcame in early deficit, but this time they couldn't hold on in the nonleague loss.

The Mountaineers zipped to an 18-6 first-quarter lead as Oak Harbor hit only one of 11 shots and committed 13 turnovers.

The Wildcats then jumped back on the rails and began to plug away, trimming the gap to 25-22 at the break. Two minutes into the fourth quarter, Liz Lym's two-pointer gave Oak Harbor its first lead, 40-39.

Four times the 'Cats pushed the lead to four, each time Mount Baker rallied back and eventually regained the lead at 50-49.

From there Oak Harbor would tie it twice but never retake the lead.

The game was a foul fest. Oak Harbor went to the line 41 times, hitting 27 (66 percent); Mount Baker was 20-for-31 (65 percent). Two Wildcats fouled out and three finished with four fouls. The Mountaineers also had two players disqualified; one other had four fouls.

Oak Harbor coach Trisha Wieber said, "We had another case of nerves the beginning of the game. We won the second quarter by quite a few and were playing very well. The girls played very hard, but again turnovers were our downfall."

Oak Harbor finished with 37 turnovers, four more than Mount Baker.

Annie Leete scored 24 points for Oak Harbor, Jalani Bobo

had 10, Ciera Wiser nine, Lym five, Jinai Guzman three and Kelsey Rankin two.

Wiser also collected nine rebounds and six steals and Leete had seven rebounds and six steals.

Oak Harbor (1-1) now begins conference play at preseason favorite Stanwood (1-1) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

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