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Wildcats run by Everett in girls basketball

In a game of scoring runs, the Oak Harbor girls basketball team put together the final one in a 59-55 win over Everett here Wednesday, Dec. 16.

After Nicole Mowbray scored to lift Oak Harbor on top 52-51 with 2:54 left in the game, the Wildcats went into a full-court zone press that produced four turnovers and a 57-51 lead that secured the win.

Oak Harbor faced triangle-and-two defenses the previous two games that slowed the high-scoring duo of Mowbray and Jessica Denmon. Everett (0-5, 0-4) played a straight man-to-man defense and Mowbray (23) and Denmon (27) combined to score 50 of the Wildcats' 59 points. No other Oak Harbor player scored more than two.

The game was close throughout, and generally in such a contest the two teams trade baskets. In this one, the teams traded scoring runs.

Everett, which showed patience and deft passing against Oak Harbor's two-three zone to get open looks all night, went on an 11-3 run early to go ahead 16-10.

The 'Cats responded with an 8-0 spurt to take the lead and eventually go into the half up 26-22.

After Oak Harbor led 34-28 midway through the third quarter, Everett closed out the quarter on a 14-5 run to take a 42-39 lead.

Now it was Oak Harbor's turn. It outscored the Seagulls 7-0 to lead 46-42. From there it was close until Oak Harbor's press sealed the deal with the game-closing run.

Wildcat coach Brett McLeod said, "At least we showed some resilience. It was an uphill battle."

Oak Harbor (4-1, 2-1) takes on preseason favorite Lake Stevens Friday, Dec. 18, on the Vikings' court at 7:30.

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