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Oak Harbor tops Cascade in WesCo

Oak Harbor’s Nicole Mowbray scores one of her three consecutive baskets to open the fourth quarter of action in Friday’s 67-47 victory over Cascade.  - Jim Woolbright/Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor’s Nicole Mowbray scores one of her three consecutive baskets to open the fourth quarter of action in Friday’s 67-47 victory over Cascade.
— image credit: Jim Woolbright/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor High School girls basketball coach Brett McLeod said he thought the team’s loss to Bellingham might have been a wake up call.

That certainly was the case Friday evening when the Wildcats began the WesCo North season with eyes wide open and beat Cascade in convincing fashion by 20 points, 67-47.

“I think last Saturday was a wake up call for us to get back to working hard and getting better every day,” McLeod said. “I was proud of the way we played tonight.”

Oak Harbor came out of the locker room ready to play. The Wildcats took an 8-0 lead to open the game and put 23 points on the board in the quarter, to hold a 23-7 advantage after the first eight minutes of action.

Jennifer Jansen scored nine of her 13 points in the first quarter as the ‘Cats worked the ball inside the paint to the 6-2 senior, and she responded by hitting four close-range shots.

The Wildcats added 16 additional points in the second period as Jessica Denmon got hot from the field. The junior guard hit a shot from 3-point range along with two more baskets, as Oak Harbor cruised into the halftime break with a 39-20 lead.

The Bruins made some adjustments in their offensive and defensive game plans at halftime, and gave the Wildcats major problems in the third quarter.

“They got after us in the third quarter and made a little run, but we were able to hold them off,” McLeod said.

Katy Gross scored six of her team-high 16 points in the third quarter and teammate Aimee Bergman hit a pair of baskets from 3-point range as Cascade’s offense came to life.

Bergman’s second 3-point shot came with four seconds remaining and narrowed the margin to 48-41. The Bruins out-scored the Wildcats 21-10 in the period and went into the fourth quarter trailing by eight points.

With the Oak Harbor fans on their feet and the game still in doubt, Nicole Mowbray took things over early in the final period.

The junior forward scored three baskets within a span of 46 seconds beginning at the 7:06 mark and just like that, the Wildcats were breathing a lot easier with a 55-41 lead.

“We played a tough game and stuck with it to the end,” she said. “This is the best game we’ve played in a long time.”

Mowbray finished the game tied with Denmon for high-point honors with 17 points.

Oak Harbor’s conditioning came into play as the game wound down, and the Bruins began missing a lot of their shots.

“Belief in your conditioning came through in that final quarter when you can see the other team slow down like that,” McLeod said.

On the opposite end of the court, Tiffany Earnhart hit a basket and four straight shots from the charity stripe as the Wildcats began pulling away.

Earnhart said shooting free throws are her favorite.

“I’m really proud of my team. We pulled things together from when we played Bellingham,” she said.

The Wildcats out-scored Cascade 18-6 in the final eight minutes to pick up their first league victory of the season and up their overall record to 2-1

“It was good for the kids to be able to see they can play like this against a good team,” McLeod said. “It was a total team effort and so many different people contributed.”

Danielle Love tallied 13 points for Cascade (0-2 league, 2-2 overall).

Oak Harbor plays at league-leading Snohomish today and hosts Lake Stevens Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Oak Harbor 67, Cascade 47

Cascade 7 13 21 6 — 47

Oak Harbor 23 16 10 18 — 67

Cascade (47) — Katy Gross 6 4-5 16, Danielle Love 4 5-5 13, Devan Love 1 0-0 3, Taylor Gordon 2 0-2 5, Spencer Nelson 2 0-0 4, Aimee Bergman 2 0-0 6, Sarah Joyce 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 9-12 47.

Oak Harbor (67) — Nicole Mowbray 6 5-6 17, Jessica Denmon 7 205 17, Jennifer Jansen 6 1-2 13, Cheyenne Tubo 1 0-0 2, Cori Henricksen 2 0-2 4, Clarissa Abadesco 2 0-0 4, Tiffany Earnhart 1 7-8 9, Kathryn Fisken 0 1-2 1. Totals 25 16-24 67.

Three-point goals — Cascade 4 (Bergman 2, De. Love, Gordon), Oak Harbor 1 (Denmon). Turnovers — Cascade 19, Oak Harbor 17. Total fouls — Cascade 17, Oak Harbor 14. Fouled out — Da. Love, Nelson, Jansen.

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Oak Harbor23161018—67

Cascade (47) — Katy Gross 6 4-5 16, Danielle Love 4 5-5 13, Devan Love 1 0-0 3, Taylor Gordon 2 0-2 5, Spencer Nelson 2 0-0 4, Aimee Bergman 2 0-0 6, Sarah Joyce 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 9-12 47.

Oak Harbor (67) — Nicole Mowbray 6 5-6 17, Jessica Denmon 7 205 17, Jennifer Jansen 6 1-2 13, Cheyenne Tubo 1 0-0 2, Cori Henricksen 2 0-2 4, Clarissa Abadesco 2 0-0 4, Tiffany Earnhart 1 7-8 9, Kathryn Fisken 0 1-2 1. Totals 25 16-24 67.

Three-point goals — Cascade 4 (Bergman 2, De. Love, Gordon), Oak Harbor 1 (Denmon). Turnovers — Cascade 19, Oak Harbor 17. Total fouls — Cascade 17, Oak Harbor 14. Fouled out — Da. Love, Nelson, Jansen.

WesCo North girls standings

games through Dec. 15

Team Division Overall

W L W L

Snohomish 3 0 3 1

Oak Harbor 1 0 2 1

Arlington 1 1 2 2

Lk. Stevens 1 1 1 3

M-P 1 1 3 1

Monroe 1 1 3 1

Stanwood 1 1 2 2

Cascade 0 2 2 2

Everett 0 2 0 4

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