Catz take 1 at tournament | Youth girls basketball

The Oak Harbor Catz eighth-grade girls basketball team won one of four games at the Chelsey Ebert Jam in Ferndale Jan. 19 and 20.

The Catz opened the tournament with a 40-35 win over Mount Vernon and were led by Julie Jansen with 16 points and Bryn Langrock with 12. Rashanna Graham, Kaytlyn Wallin and Kayla Wiley rounded out the scoring.

Jaden Jesus and Mia Littlejohn "were stoppers when the Mount Vernon team tried to make a run late in the second half," said coach Gary Brundidge.

Game two was "a brutal, physical contest," Brundidge said, with Monroe pulling out a 36-24 win.

A short time later the Catz met a tall Meadowdale team and lost 66-28. Despite the loss, Brundidge called it an "enjoyable game" because it was a "pleasure to play a well-coached, sportsman-like team."

In the final game, the Catz faced a familiar foe, Prostock of Bellingham, and lost 35-28. All eight Catz scoring as Deasha O'Brien, Lauren Rose Jones, Deasha O'Brien and Kalia Littlejohn all scored for the first time in the tournament.

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