Shorecrest stifles Oak Harbor girls

"For the Shorecrest Scots, more shots, more baskets, more rebounds and less turnovers all added up to a win.Shorecrest used a stifling second half defense to shut down the previously unbeaten Oak Harbor girls basketball squad in a 55-42 Wildcat loss Thursday.“They came out and got after us,” said Oak Harbor guard Marcy Manibusan. “It was hard to get into our flow.”The Scots shot out to a fast start by hitting 7-for-11 from the field in the first quarter. Erin Zabukovec (20 points for the game) poured in three buckets.The Shorecrest defense, meanwhile, forced the Wildcats to miss 10 of their first 11 shots. In fact, Oak Harbor made only one basket in the first eight minutes of the game, a Constance Burnette jumper, and trailed 16-5 early.The Wildcats stormed back in the second quarter, however. A Valerie Hartman 3-pointer and Christina Gabler jumper tied the game at 16-16, and Oak Harbor took the lead 18-16 on two Jamie Armstrong free throws.That was the only Wildcat lead. Shorecrest’s pressing defense forced Oak Harbor into numerous turnovers in the second half, and the Scots’ relentless pressure seemed to sap the energy of the Wildcats.Shorecrest outscored Oak Harbor 33-22 in the second half.Hartman was the top scorer for the Wildcats, with 9 points, but was only 3-for-11 from the field. As a team, Oak Harbor was 13-of-47 shooting.Shorecrest outrebounded the Wildcats 35-30, and Oak Harbor turned the ball over 30 times.“They took it to us,” Wildcat senior Sarah Matzen said.SHORECREST 55, OAK HARBOR 42Shorecrest: Zabukovec 20, Moore 14, Cornejo 2, Boroughs 7, Lopez 2, Michiels 5, O’Suna 2, Lanctot 1, Bernhard 2. Oak Harbor: Burnette 8, Matzen 3, Hartman 9, Manibusan 8, Stanalonis 3, Gabler 6, Armstrong 2, Jackets 2, Santiago 1. 3 pointers: Manibusan 1, Hartman 1. JV score: Shorecrest 40, Oak Harbor 30.Shorecrest 16 6 15 18 — 55Oak Harbor 5 15 11 11 — 42"

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