The hopes of the Oak Harbor High School boys and girls basketball teams reaching the postseason took a big hit Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Both Wildcat clubs lost to Marysville Getchell — the boys at home 78-48 and the girls on the road 53-28.
With three games remaining, Oak Harbor is still mathmatically eligible to reach the district tournament, but a lot would have to fall into place for the Wildcats to advance, including winning out.
The Marysville Getchell teams held similar records to Oak Harbor and sat just above the Wildcats in the Western Conference standings, indicating that Wednesday’s contests would be competitive.
They weren’t, as the Chargers rolled to easy wins.
Marysville Getchell boys 78, Oak Harbor 48
Oak Harbor was swamped by a flood of turnovers, which the Chargers (2-6, 6-10) turned into a ton of transition points.
Marysville Getchell raced to a 13-2 lead and Oak Harbor was never really in the game. It did cut that deficit to 13-8 and trailed 18-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the Chargers blitzed the ‘Cats in the second period.
Getchell led 26-14, then score 8 points (all by Ethan Jackson) in less than a minute to bury Oak Harbor. The lead was up to 40-16 at the half.
The gap grew to 53-19 midway through the third quarter. Oak Harbor was able to cut that 34-point deficit to 18, 61-43, behind 12 points from Kevin Schuldt, with 6:28 left in the game.
Getchell led 58-37 after three quarters and then outscored Oak Harbor 20-11 in the fourth to dash any dreams of a miraculous comeback.
Four different Chargers scored in double figures, led by Cameron Stordahl with 29.
Schuldt scored 12 for Oak Harbor, Dorian Hardin had 10, Austin Boesch 6, Haven Brown 5, Gavin Allen 4, Gabe Salinger 4, Weston Whitefoot 3, Ozell Jackson 2 and Brennon Ney, 2.
“I thought we played a lot harder and did a better job following the game plan in the second half,” coach John Weston said.
Oak Harbor’s seniors — Jackson, Salinger, Whitefoot, Ney, Joe Arinaza and manager Tyler Penney — were honored before the game.
Oak Harbor (1-8, 3-14) goes to Everett (3-6, 6-11) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26.
Marysville Getchell girls 53, Oak Harbor 28
The Chargers limited Oak Harbor to only 1 point in the first quarter and led 6-1 at the end of the period.
The Wildcats’ offense perked up in the second quarter, scoring 10 points, but the Chargers exploded for 22 and took a 28-11 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter was more competitive, but Oak Harbor was unable to make any headway and trailed 40-22 going into the fourth quarter.
Miranda Wilson topped Oak Harbor with 8 points, followed by Jasmine Ford with 7. Mikhaela Cortez, Samantha Hines, Jordan Wood-Pina and Mia Littlejohn all scored 3, and Delija Cammon added 1.
Getchell (2-6, 6-10) was led by Mylanie Cabrera’s 16 points.
Oak Harbor (0-9, 3-14) entertains Everett (3-6, 4-14) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26.