'Cats can't recover from slow start | Girls basketball

The Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team stumbled out of the gate against host Bellingham and lost 58-46 in the Prostock Winter Classic Thursday, Dec. 27.

The Wildcats (3-6) finish up the two-day tournament at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 28, against Tahoma (5-4).

After Oak Harbor's Jalani Bobo hit a free throw, Bellingham ran up 12 straight points on the way to leading 21-13 at the quarter. The Wildcats, with the help of eight points from Annie Leete, cut the gap to five, 32-27, at the half.

That would be as close as Oak Harbor would get as the Red Raiders (7-4) outscored the Wildcats 14-5 in the third quarter. Oak Harbor hit only one of eight shots and committed nine turnovers in the period.

Bellingham got up by 18 points before Oak Harbor sliced the lead to 10 with seconds left in the game.

Leete and Bobo each scored 15 points for the Wildcats. Ciera Wiser added six, Kelsey Rankin four, Hayley Lundstrom two, AnnaBelle Whitefoot two and Jinai Guzman two. Rankin led the rebounders with six.

Both teams shot well, with Bellingham hitting an impressive 55 percent (24-for-44) and Oak Harbor 47 percent (16-for-34).

The Red Raiders committed only 10 turnovers to Oak Harbor's 27.

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