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"Before the Wildcat girls' basketball game against Kamiak Friday, Oak Harbor sophomore Jessica King asked if an announcement could be made for her mother's birthday. Although the gym rules prohibit anyone but players' birthdays to be announced, King may have given her mother an even better present with her performance. The sophomore led the Cats with 14 points and had nine rebounds but the Wildcats couldn't overcome a third quarter letdown as they lost to the Knights, 80-68.We were switching up our defense during this game to keep them off balance, said Oak Harbor head coach Dwight Lundstrom. But we didn't execute it the way it needed to be. Along with King, another one of the Wildcats' sophomores, Shirley Spears, had nine points and was a monster on the boards as she pulled down 12.I was getting around them and jumping really high in order to get the ball, said Spears. I was just playing my hardest and getting in there.She has a lot to learn, said Lunstrom. She is coming straight from the freshman team and on to the varsity this year ... but she is really coming along. During a third quarter which saw the Knights go on a 22-4 run, it seemed like the air was let out of the Oak Harbor fans' lungs. Yeah that hurt, said Lundstrom. We couldn't make up ground. But they did a good job and we have everything pointed in the right direction.I think that we definitely lost the intensity that we had in the beginning, said King. In the beginning we were really hyped but in the third we were just self defeated. The Oak Harbor bench was practically silent during the third as the sound of the basketball kissing off the backboard and through the net was pervasive for the Knights.We had to try to get back and win points, said Spears. The silence of the bench carried over into the fourth, even though the Wildcats began to make a comeback. We were just trying to rebound and run up the court really fast and take shots, said Spears.Oak Harbor would crawl back within 10 after being down 23 during the third but the Knights proved to be too much for the Cats. It is just an experience issue I think, said Lundstrom. Their posts were just going so hard to the bucket that they were getting rebounds and putbacks.The Cats should have known that the Knights' lead was insurmountable when junior Valerie Hartman was called for a push as the Kamiak player hit the floor. Hartman was three feet from her opponent. After the whistle Kamiak head coach Doug Montzingo looked to Lundstrom and commented, I guess they owed us one, as both coaches shook their heads in disbelief. It was just a missed call, said Lunstrom. But the officiating tonight was decent. I thought it was fairly close both ways. It was the best officiating we have seen in about four outings.King led the Wildcats during the fourth with eight points.I was just trying to go up really strong and get the points or get fouled, said King. Senior Molly Bull and Hartman each had 10 points for Oak Harbor during the game, while senior Jamie Armstrong put in six and had nine rebounds.The first quarter was a streaky one at the hoop for both teams. After Kamiak jumped out to a 6-0 lead, Oak Harbor came storming back with 12 unanswered points. With just three minutes left during the first, Spears came down on a Kamiak shooter for a thunderous blocked-shot which sent the ball out of bounds. The Oak Harbor crowd exploded on the rejection, but the fact that the play resulted in Kamiak retaining possession and scoring was indicative of how the quarter ended for the Cats. Kamiak would get a 15-2 run to go up, 21-14, entering the second period. The score went back and forth between the two teams as neither one could get an upper hand all the way until half time.The Cats will try to get back in the win column tonight at Sehome tonight at 7:30.Kamiak 80, Oak Harbor 68 Kamiak 21 13 24 23 - 80Oak Harbor 14 15 14 25 - 68Kamiakz: Page 23, Jenkins 18, McDonnell 9, Larsen 10, Petersen 13, Balch 8. Oak Harbor: King 14, Hartman 12, Bull 10, Manibusan 8, Bratt 4, Armstrong 6, White 3, Spears 11. 3-point goals: Petersen 3, Manibusan 2, White 1, Hartman 1. JV score-Kamiak 62, Oak Harbor 61 2-OT. Records: Kamiak 3-2 in league, 5-2 overall. Oak Harbor 2-4, 4-8. "

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