Mountlake Terrace, the No. 4 team in the state 2A boys basketball rankings, exploded for 25 points in the second quarter to breeze by host Oak Harbor 67-29 Tuesday, Jan. 9.
The Hawks led by only 4, 12-8, with 2:30 left in the first quarter. It was 15-8 at the end of the period, then Mountlake Terrace outscored the Wildcats 25-9 in the second quarter to lead 40-17 at the break.
Khyree Armstead led the charge with 10 points in the second. Connor Williams scored 10 points in the third quarter and the Hawks led 56-21 going into the final period.
Mountlake Terrace used its speed to race by the Wildcats, outscoring Oak Harbor 17-2 in transition points.
Both teams had trouble with turnovers — Oak Harbor had 22 and the Hawks 18 — but Terrace was able to turn those mistakes into points with a 19-4 edge in points off turnovers.
Mountlake Terrace also grabbed 19 offensive rebounds, 11 more than the Wildcats, and held a 15-5 advantage in second-chance points.
The Hawks outshot the Wildcats 55 percent to 26 percent, and hit eight of 18 from beyond the arch (44 percent). Oak Harbor missed all 11 of its three-point attempts.
Kevin Schuldt topped the Wildcats with 8 points, Dorian Hardin had 7, Gavin Allen 6, Weston Whitefoot 3, Gabe Salinger 2, Andrew Baloy 2 and Austin Boesch 1.
Schuldt also led Oak Harbor with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Armstead and Williams each scored 15 for Terrace; Armstead added 11 rebounds and four steals.
With the win, Mountlake Terrace upped its record to 11-1, 4-1 in Wesco. The one loss was to Shorecrest, Oak Harbor’s next opponent. The Scots, who are ranked 10th in the state 3A poll, lead the Western Conference with a 5-0 record and are 10-2 overall.
Oak Harbor (1-4, 3-10) plays at Shorecrest at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12.