Wildcat season lives on

Thanks to a rout of Monroe on Tuesday and a Lake Stevens win over Marysville-Pilchuck on Thursday, the Oak Harbor boys boys basketball season continues for at least one more game.

The Wildcats (7-9, 8-12) travel to Marysville (7-9, 7-13) at 7 p.m., tonight, Feb. 21 in a tie-breaker game with the Tomahawks for fifth in the WesCo North. The winner earns a “pigtail” matchup on the road against Mariner, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23 for the right to enter the district tournament.

“The WesCo North is competitive top to bottom—our kids showed great heart in putting themselves in a position to play in the post-season after such a rough start,” Oak Harbor head coach Bryan Schulle said.

Marysville and Oak Harbor split their season series, with the Tomahawks winning 83-61 in the first meeting and the Wildcats winning 84-82 in the second game.

OHHS never would have been in a position to make the tournament if it wasn’t for a key 71-53 road win over Monroe on Tuesday night.

Using a 20-point second quarter, ignited by a pair of back-to-back scores from senior Kyle Saar, Oak Harbor jumped out to a 36-21 halftime lead.

“From there on out Monroe seemed defeated,” Schulle said.

Junior Marc Ferguson led four Wildcats in double figures with 16 points. Seniors Jeremy Brown (14), Chris Raimundi (13) and John Lobbestael (12) rounded out the well-balanced attack.

Oak Harbor 16 20 17 18—71

Monroe 12 9 13 19—53

Scoring—OH: Ferguson 16, Brown 14, Raimundi 13, Lobbestael 12, Saar 7, Metcalf 5, McClure 4.

M: Hammerquist 15, Marley 11, Lucke 10, Manthe 7, V. Brown 2, Z. Brown 2, Erickson 2, Santjer 2, Waltman 2.

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