A harassing pressure defense propelled the Lynnwood High School girls basketball team to a 70-25 win at Oak Harbor Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the Wildcats’ Wesco opener.
Oak Harbor also lost a non-league game 62-45 to visiting Sedro-Woolley Friday, Dec. 8.
The Wildcats (0-1, 1-5) go to unbeaten Snohomish (1-0, 5-0) for a 7:15 p.m. game Friday, Dec. 15.
Lynnwood 70, Oak Harbor 25
The Royals’ full-court press and half-court trap produced 18 turnovers in the first 11 minutes, resulting in 19 points and a 33-6 lead. Lynnwood then backed off on defense and Oak Harbor made a mini-run, trailing 35-13 at the half.
After Mia Littlejohn scored for Oak Harbor to open the second half, the Royals went back to their press for several minutes, scoring 12 straight points, 8 off Oak Harbor mistakes.
Lynnwood led 59-20 after three quarters.
Jasmine Ford topped Oak Harbor with 8 points, followed by Samantha Hines with 7, Littlejohn with 4, Kia Ceya with 3, Emily Gouge with 2 and Delija Cammon with 1.
Nakia Boston scored 18 and Amayah Kirkman 16 for the Royals.
“They’re a good team,” Oak Harbor coach Jon Atkins said in regard to Lynnwood (1-0, 3-3). “When they press, they give you trouble.”
He added that he wanted his team to be quick but under control, but it “couldn’t handle” Lynnwood’s defense.
Sedro-Woolley 62, Oak Harbor 45
The Cubs’ Christina Norris scored 13 points in the first quarter to offset 4 each from Ford, Hines and Littlejohn to help Sedro-Woolley take a 21-12 lead.
Littlejohn added 9 points in the second period, but the Cubs pushed their advantage to 39-25 at the break.
Sedro-Woolley cemented the game by outscoring Oak Harbor 10-2 in the third period.
Samantha Cox, who scored 15 points in the second half, led the Cubs with 18 points. Norris finished with 16.
Littlejohn scored a season-high 17 for the Wildcats. Ford added 11, Jordan Wood-Pina 6, Hines 4, Olivia Waite 3, Cammon 2 and Mikhaela Cortez 2.