Oak Harbor’s Chloe Frank, back, battles a Stanwood player for possession.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Oak Harbor’s Chloe Frank, back, battles a Stanwood player for possession. (Photo by John Fisken)

Hot Spartans stop cool ‘Cats / Girls basketball

The visiting Stanwood High School girls basketball team was hot and Oak Harbor wasn’t, and, predictably, the Spartans beat the Wildcats 47-28 Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Oak Harbor (0-9, 6-9) will try to break a seven-game losing streak when it travels to Marysville-Pilchuck (0-8, 2-12) for a 7:15 p.m. game Thursday, Jan. 23. The Wildcats defeated the Tomahawks 53-25 in a non-league game Dec. 10.

Stanwood was particularly hot in the first quarter, gunning to a 20-9 lead. The Spartans sank four three-pointers in the frame, two each from Shelby Lund and Madison Plautz.

Behind baskets by Grace Waite, Payton Parks and Mikhaela Cortez, Oak Harbor cut the gap to 8 points, 24-16, with 2:01 left in the second quarter and then went ice cold. The Wildcats scored just 2 points over a 10-minute span the bridged the second and third periods. The Spartans tallied 17 during the run.

Stanwood led 28-16 at halftime and 41-18 after three periods.

Parks’ basket with 3:40 left in the third quarter was the only Wildcat hoop in the period.

Oak Harbor outscored Stanwood 10-6 in the fourth with the help of two three-balls by Cortez.

Cortez finished with 13 points, Parks 6, Anna Jones 4, Olivia Waite 3 and Grace Waite 2.

Oak Harbor’s cold shooting extended to the foul line where the Wildcats made only two of 13 free throws.

Plautz led Stanwood with 14 points.

“I thought we played well, especially on defense; we just shot poorly,” Oak Harbor coach Jon Atkins said. “Tiana (Jackson) did as good job stepping up (replacing ill starter Jasmine Ford), and Mikhaela played well.”

Oak Harbor’s Payton Parks, left, out jumps Viv Berrett on the opening tip.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Oak Harbor’s Payton Parks, left, out jumps Viv Berrett on the opening tip. (Photo by John Fisken)

Mikhaela Cortez (21) shots over the Stanwood defense. (Photo by John Fisken)

Mikhaela Cortez (21) shots over the Stanwood defense. (Photo by John Fisken)

Paige Fortin clears a rebound for Oak Harbor.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Paige Fortin clears a rebound for Oak Harbor. (Photo by John Fisken)

Grace Waite launches a shot for Oak Harbor.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Grace Waite launches a shot for Oak Harbor. (Photo by John Fisken)

Olivia Waite (11) glides by the defense of Stanwood’s Viv Berrett.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Olivia Waite (11) glides by the defense of Stanwood’s Viv Berrett. (Photo by John Fisken)

Anna Jones, right, fights for possession of the basketball.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Anna Jones, right, fights for possession of the basketball. (Photo by John Fisken)

Payton Parks puts a Stanwood player down and a shot up for the Wildcats.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Payton Parks puts a Stanwood player down and a shot up for the Wildcats. (Photo by John Fisken)