Everett runs by Wildcats | Girls basketball

Everett revved up its fast break in the second half to sprint by the host Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team 67-41 Wednesday, Dec. 12.

At one point in the third quarter the Seagulls scored on eight consecutive fast break lay-ins on the way to out scoring the Wildcats 23-7 in the period and pushing a 10-point lead to 28, 50-22.

The Wildcat loss negated an outstanding offensive performance by junior Annie Leete who finished with 28 points, including hitting six of 13 three-point shots.

Turnovers burned Oak Harbor early as Everett raced to a 10-0 lead off five Wildcat mistakes. Behind an assist and two threes by Leete, Oak Harbor trimmed the gap to 12-8 at the quarter.

Everett started the second period on a 9-1 run and finished the half ahead 27-17. Then came the big third quarter; the two teams each scored 17 points in the fourth, Leete getting 12 for the 'Cats.

Nine different Seagulls scored in the game, led by Sydney Rielly with 20, eight coming in a 1:14 span in the third quarter at the end of fast breaks.

Only three Oak Harbor players scored. Cierra Wiser backed Leete with nine points and Kelsey Rankin had four (and a team-high six rebounds). Oak Harbor shot only 29 percent (14-for-49); Everett shot 48 percent (31-for-65).

Everett out rebounded Oak Harbor 41-29 and had five fewer turnovers (19 to 24).

Oak Harbor coach Trisha Wieber wasn't pleased with her team's transition defense, saying it was more of a breakdown her players and than Everett's execution. She said, "It was an 'us' problem, not a 'them' problem."

She added that her team played well at times but said Everett (1-0, 4-1) is so skilled it's not the type of team you can get way behind and expect to "get back into it."

Wieber said, "We are a better team than this. With the number of losses we have had the past few years, it is tough to get them to believe it."

Oak Harbor (0-2, 2-3) plays at Marysville-Pilchuck (0-0, 2-4) at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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