Payton Parks soars to the hoop for Oak Harbor. Parks scored 22 points in the Wildcats overtime loss Friday. (Photo by John Fisken)

Payton Parks soars to the hoop for Oak Harbor. Parks scored 22 points in the Wildcats overtime loss Friday. (Photo by John Fisken)

Wildcats fall in OT / Girls basketball

The Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team came from behind to force overtime but fell in the extra period 43-40 to visiting Shorewood Friday, Dec. 20.

The Wildcats dropped their second straight game, both Wesco contests, after opening the season with five wins.

The loss to Shorewood was a tough one. The Wildcats trailed most of the game before rallying late, and did it without the help of its best all-around player, Mikhaela Cortez, who was out with the flu.

Shorewood held leads of 14-12, 22-18 and 28-24 at the end of the first three quarters.

Payton Parks was huge for Oak Harbor, scoring in each quarter and finishing with 22 points. Her 7 fourth-period points helped the Wildcats push the game to overtime.

In overtime, Grace Waite hit a put-back to tie the game with 25 second remaining, but Shorewood sank the game winner with 15 seconds left. A turnover stopped the Wildcats’ final comeback attempt.

After Parks, no other Wildcat tallied more than 4 points. Jasmine Ford and Waite had 4 each, Olivia Waite and Anna Jones 3 each, and Chloe Frank and Paige Fortin 2 each.

Oak Harbor made only eight of 21 free throws, going 3-for-7 in the fourth quarter and 1-for-4 in overtime.

Addison Trull scored 14 points to lead Shorewood (1-1, 3-2).

Oak Harbor (0-2, 5-2) plays a non-league game at Cascade (1-6) at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

Jasmine Ford, right, blocks a shot by Shorewood’s Megan Peery.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Jasmine Ford, right, blocks a shot by Shorewood’s Megan Peery. (Photo by John Fisken)

Paige Fortin puts up a shot for Oak Harbor.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Paige Fortin puts up a shot for Oak Harbor. (Photo by John Fisken)

Grace Waite, right, dribbles by Shorewood’s Molly Stamey.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Grace Waite, right, dribbles by Shorewood’s Molly Stamey. (Photo by John Fisken)

Anna Jones draws a crowd in the key.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Anna Jones draws a crowd in the key. (Photo by John Fisken)

Olivia Waite (11) releases a runner over Molly Stamey.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Olivia Waite (11) releases a runner over Molly Stamey. (Photo by John Fisken)