The short-handed Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team suffered it first loss of the season Monday, Dec. 16, falling 39-21 to Archbishop Murphy in the conference opener in Everett.
Starter Anna Jones missed the game because of illness, and starters Payton Parks (foul trouble) and Mikhaela Cortez (injury) missed large chunks.
The Wildcats could not get their offense going, failing to hit a field goal in both the first and fourth quarters. Oak Harbor’s previous scoring low for the season was 44 points.
Archbishop Murphy (3-2) led at the quarters 12-3, 24-13 and 32-18.
“It was close most of the way until Mikhaela got knocked out,” Oak Harbor coach Jon Atkins said. “I was proud of how we played defense and played with a real toughness throughout.”
Cortez led the Wildcats with 9 points. Grace Waite had 5, Olivia Waite 3, Jasmine Ford 2 and Parks 2.
Chloe Jurdana scored 12 points to lead Murphy.
Oak Harbor (0-1, 5-1) hosts Shorewood (0-0, 2-1) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.