’Cats season ends at district

Cheyenne Tubo drives the lane and scores on a scoop shot.  - Jim Woolbright/Whidbey News-Times
Cheyenne Tubo drives the lane and scores on a scoop shot.
— image credit: Jim Woolbright/Whidbey News-Times

Far too many turnovers and failure to execute on offense brought an end to the Oak Harbor High School basketball season Friday evening at Marysville-Pilchuck.

Matched against Jackson for the second time in the Northwest District One 4A tournament, the Wildcats lost for the second-straight year in district’s third-seed, loser-out game.

The Timberwolves avenged a defeat in the opening round and stopped Oak Harbor’s bid for a state tournament birth with a 51-46 victory.

“It was kind of frustrating. We didn’t take care of the ball very well and we had way too many turnovers,” coach Brett McLeod said.

Neither team put many points on the board in the first half.

At the end of the first eight minutes of the game Oak Harbor led 9-7, but got out-scored 14-6 in the second quarter to trail 21-15 at halftime.

Jessica Denmon had a solid first half for the Wildcats scoring 11 of her game-high 18 points.

In the third period, Oak Harbor got it’s scoring game going in the right direction opening the quarter with a 9-0 run. The Wildcats put 15 points on the board in the period while holding the Timberwolves to eight, and entered the final eight minutes of action with a 30-29 lead.

In the final quarter, Jackson came back to take a four point, 34-30 lead, but Jennifer Jansen nailed a pair of free throws at the 2:30 mark to tie the score 42-42.

Jansen scored 14 points for Oak Harbor including going 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

After that, the Wildcats began making mistakes on the floor and turning the ball over, and Jackson was able to push the lead to six points, 50-44, on a 1-for-2 effort from the charity stripe by Chanel Sam with 55 seconds remaining in the game.

“They made plays down the stretch and we turned the ball over down the stretch,” McLeod said. “I was disappointed for the seniors that we couldn’t finish the deal tonight.”

Sam scored 14 points for Jackson and teammate Erin Feeney had 11.

The Wildcats battled through adversity all season long and finished the year with a very respectable 15-9 record, placing fourth in the WesCo North and fourth at the district tournament.

Jackson 51, Oak Harbor 46

Oak Harbor 9 6 15 16 — 46

Jackson 7 14 8 22 — 51

Oak Harbor (46) — Jessica Denmon 7 2-3 18, Jennifer Jansen 4 6-6 14, Cheyenne Tubo 1 4-4 6, Cori Henricksen 2 0-1 4, Kathryn Fisken 0 0-0 0, Clarissa Abadesco 2 0-0 4, Molly DeLeon 0 0-0 0, Shantae Young 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 12-14 46.

Jackson (51) — Chanel Sam 5 4-8 14, Erin Feeney 3 3-4 11, Megan McArthur 2 0-0 6, Kristen Stofel 3 2-2 8, Leigh-Ann Haataja 3 0-3 6, Kallie Blysma 1 0-0 2, Shalena Guzman 2 0-2 4, Kerra King 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-19 51.

Three-point goals — Oak Harbor 2 (Denmon 2), Jackson 4 (McArthur 2, Feeney 3). Total fouls — Oak Harbor 16, Jackson 13. Fouled out — Tubo.

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