Wildcats play well in the middle, but... | Girls basketball

The Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team was solid in the middle, but rugged play in the first and final minutes led to a 62-48 loss at Marysville-Pilchuck Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The Tomahawks (1-1, 3-5) took advantage of six Oak Harbor turnovers and five offensive rebounds to spurt to a 20-5 lead in the first quarter. Lifted by Annie Leete’s eight points, the Wildcats cut the gap to 20-10 at the quarter and 22-20 in the second period before trailing 32-26 at the break.

Oak Harbor scored the first four points of the second half and once again trailed by only two, 32-30.

Marysville-Pilchuck responded by taking a 44-36 lead into the fourth quarter. The Wildcats scored the period’s first three points to make it 44-39 but would get no closer as the Tommies pulled away.

The difference in the game was shooting and rebounding. M-P shot 38 percent (26-for-68), 10 percentage points better than Oak Harbor (17-for-61). The Tomahawks pulled down 49 rebounds to Oak Harbor’s 35 and had a 19-9 advantage on the offensive glass.

Oak Harbor had only 15 turnovers to Marysville-Pilchuck’s 19.

Wildcat coach Trisha Wieber liked the decrease in turnovers and effort but not the rebounding and start: “The 19 offensive boards killed us. We just can't put ourselves in an 18-4 hole that we have to climb out of. The girls played hard and never gave in.”

Leete once again topped the Wildcat scorers with 21 points. Ciera Wiser and Jalani Bobo had eight each, Kelsey Rankin seven, Deja Bunch two and Natalie Fiallos two. Bobo added seven rebounds and Leete five steals.

Wieber said, “Ciera and Jalani played very well. Annie did a great job of reading passing lanes defensively and getting a bunch of steals.”

Three Tomahawks scored in double figures: Charlee Pilon 20, Jenika Anglim 19 and Jordan Bergen 13.

Oak Harbor (0-3, 2-4) plays two home games this week at 7:15 p.m., Marysville Getchell (0-2, 2-6) Thursday, Dec. 20, and Ferndale (6-0) Friday, Dec. 21.


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