Cats steamroll Cubs, 70-37

SEDRO-WOOLLEY—It took a couple of minutes to warm up, but like a finely tuned engine the Oak Harbor girls basketball team clicked on all cylinders for a 70-37 non-league victory over Sedro-Woolley Saturday night.

“I thought we were pretty good in terms of being patient and doing what we wanted to do,” Oak Harbor head coach Brett McLeod said.

Trailing 4-2 at the 6:25 mark of the first quarter, the Wildcats received an offensive jolt from 6-foot-3 center Heidi McNeill. The junior proved unstoppable to the Cubs, whose tallest player stood at 5-foot-11.

“They were trying to do certain things (defensively), but there’s only so much you can do,” McLeod said. “Heidi really showed how good she is.”

McNeill pounded the inside for 11 first-quarter points, helping Oak Harbor to a 19-6 advantage after one.

The Wildcats continued their offensive assault of the interior in the second quarter, building a 40-12 halftime lead.

“One of our goals was to get 25 points in the key (for the game) and we got 20 in the first half,” McLeod said.

Also important to the large lead was the Cats’ ability to hit free throws, something they have struggled with in previous games. Oak Harbor was 11-for-14 from the line in the first half.

“We worked on that a little bit over the break,” McLeod said. “Yesterday we shot a lot of free throws, hopefully it’s paying off.”

Despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter, McNeill ended the game as the high scorer with 25 points and 12 rebounds. She also had three blocks. Senior Felicia Hill added 18 points for the Cats, including two three pointers.

Maintaining such a large advantage allowed for Oak Harbor to play its entire bench, something McLeod was very excited about.

“We got a chance to play some other players and that’s always fun to see,” he said.

Nine of the ten girls on the varsity roster scored. Five-foot sophomore Jessica Brundidge perhaps gave Wildcat fans their biggest thrill when she knocked down two three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Oak Harbor, now 3-1 in league and 6-2 overall, has over a week off before they get back into league play. They travel to undefeated Lake Stevens Wednesday, Jan. 7 and host Cascade at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9.

“It will be two huge games for us,” McLeod said. “Both of those teams are going to be battling for playoff positions.”

Oak Harbor 70, sedro-Woolley 37

Oak Harbor 19 2115 15—70

Sedro-Woolley 6 6 10 15—37

Scoring—OH: McNeill 25, Hill 18, Watts 8, Brundidge 8, Erickson 4, Bear 2, White 2, Bratt 2, Smollack 1.

SW: Knight 12, Knight 10, Buchmeirer 7, Brush 4, Adams 2, Moreno 2.

Records: Oak Harbor 3-1 league, 6-2 overall; Sedro-Woolley 0-6 overall.

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