Oak Harbor storms back for win / Girls basketball

Overcoming an 18-1 run by Cascade and a scoreless third quarter, the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team rallied to beat the Bruins 36-34 Tuesday, Dec. 19, in Everett.

The non-league win was the second of the season in eight games for the Wildcats (0-2, 2-6). Cascade fell to 1-7.

Oak Harbor plays another non-conference game when it hosts South Whidbey (4-4) at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28.

The Wildcats got off to a great start against Cascade, jumping to an 11-6 first-quarter lead and then upping the advantage 20-11 at halftime.

The Bruins started the game in a 1-3-1 defense, which “threw us off,” coach Jon Atkins said. “But we were able to use some full court pressure to get some easy buckets.”

The third quarter was a different story. Cascade switched to a tight man-to-man defense, which slowed the Wildcats. Oak Harbor was also hampered in the period by foul trouble to three of its starters, cold shooting and turnovers.

As a result, Cascade shutout the Wildcats, scored 14 points and took a 25-20 lead.

The gap grew to 29-21, then Oak Harbor came roaring back behind 6 points each from Mia Littlejohn and Jasmine Ford.

“We were able to get back to our pressure defense and get the ball inside after attacking the rim,” Atkins said.

Ford collected 10 points in the game, one more than Littlejohn. Delija Cammon added 6, Samantha Hines 5, Jordan Wood-Pina 5 and Olivia Waite 1.

Caitlynn Daniel scored 17 points for the Bruins.

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