Wildcats click on all cylinders

After being shocked in the first game of the season by Anacortes, 65-52, the Oak Harbor Wildcat girls basketball team may have been a little weary facing another Northwest 3A opponent in Sedro-Woolley Saturday night.

From the opening tip, the Cats made it clear they were not going to overlook their opponent this time, crushing the Cubs 70-18.

Senior Shirley Spears started the game off by scoring the first six points for Oak Harbor and the Cats never looked back.

An overpowering defense and continued hot shooting buried any chance Sedro-Woolley had of making a comeback.

“Defensively, I thought we did really good things getting after it, not letting down and we kept going,” head coach Brett McLeod said.

In the first half alone, the Cubs were only able to put in four points total, and were almost completely shut out in the second quarter, getting only one point.

The Wildcats also shot the ball a lot better from the outside than they have in past games.

“Teams are going to do what they (Sedro-Woolley) did and sag in the middle and we’re going to have to be able to hit that outside shot,” McLeod said.

Spears finished the contest with a game-high 26 points, followed by juniors Kaylea Kingma and Jenny White, who had 13 points apiece. Eight of Oak Harbor’s nine total players scored.

“It was neat to see all nine players get a lot of time,” McLeod said. “Some players that don’t get a lot of minutes got in there and grabbed some rebounds, got some steals and got some assists.”

The win over Sedro-Woolley was the second victory in as many nights for the Cats who beat North Kitsap, 66-45 Friday night.

Although Friday’s game wasn’t the prettiest, Oak Harbor will gladly take it.

“It was kind of a rat-ball type game in a way,” McLeod said. “It was one of those that we won, but we didn’t feel real good about it afterwards.”

Sophomore Heidi McNeill led the way for the Cats with 23 points followed by Spears with 22 and Amanda Watts with 16.

“We got two under the belt,” McLeod said. “Now they’re all big from here on out, we don’t have any time to rest.”

Oak Harbor plays Friday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Marysville-Pilchuck. The game is the first of several important league games for the Wildcats.

“We’ve got Marysville, Lake Stevens, and Cascade,”McLeod said. “Those are all teams that are vying for a playoff spot, like we are.”

Oak Harbor— 19 16 14 17—66

North Kitsap—10 8 18 9—45

Scoring—OH: McNeill 23, Spears 22, Watts 16, White 3, Hill 2.

NK: Harris 17, Case 12, Stice 5, Swanlund 4, Gilbert 2, Davis 2.

Records: Oak Harbor 3-2 (2-1), N. Kitsap 2-5 (0-1)

Oak Harbor— 23 6 23 18—70

Sedro-Woolley— 3 1 9 5—18

Scoring—OH: Spears 26, White 13, Kingma 13, McNeil 6, HIll 5, Watts 3, Merritt 2, Smollack 2.

SW:Buchmier 7, Burton 3, Phillips 3, Hendrick 2, Nerston 1, Overway 1, Sandelin 1.

Records: Oak Harbor 4-2 (2-1), Sedro Woolley 0-7 (0-2)

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