After a sloppy first half by his Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team, coach Mike Washington turned up the volume on his half-time talk. Message received.
The Wildcats out scored visiting Meadowdale 22-10 in the third quarter to put away the pesky Mavericks 58-42 Friday, Jan. 11.
Both teams played poorly in the first half, combining for 23 turnovers. Meadowdale led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter and Oak Harbor 19-17 at the break.
Washington expected more from this team; Meadowdale (1-6, 3-11) came into the game having lost nine of its previous 10 games. The Wildcat coach passed along that message at halftime and Oak Harbor responded by going on 14-2 run to start the second half.
JoJo Webster, Zach Jones, Dayne Herron, Gabe Groenig and Drew Washington all scored during the spurt, and Washington fueled the defensive effort by causing four turnovers and blocking a shot.
Meadowdale recovered to score eight straight, making it 32-27, then Oak Harbor rallied again, leading 41-27 after the period.
At halftime, coach Washington told his team to push the ball on offense, and if the break wasn't there, get the ball into 6-4, 270-pound post Herron.
Herron scored 12 of his game-high 17 points in the second half. Chris Hailer scored 10 points, Jones nine, Webster eight, Donavan Sellgren four, Groenig four and Dyllan Harris two.
Drew Washington, the team's leading scorer for the season, finished with only four points but led the team with 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.
Coach Washington said the bench (Sellgren and Anfrenee Angkaw) gave his club a lift in the second half.
He added, "I'm okay with the win, but I am not happy with it."
Oak Harbor (4-3, 8-6) has two tough road games this week, starting at Glacier Peak (5-2, 11-3) Tuesday, Jan. 15, and then going to Stanwood (6-1, 9-5) Friday, Jan. 18.