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Friday, February 22, 2013

Middle School Girls Basketball 2013-02-19

The Oak Harbor Middle Panthers and North Whidbey Middle School Cougars opened their 2012-2013 basketball season playing each other - but with a twist.

Instead of playing the game in either of the middle schools, arrangements were made to play the game at Oak Harbor High School.  They went full-scale, getting HS announcer Jay Long to introduce the starters and call both the 7th and 8th grade games, opened the concession stand and had the bleachers pulled out so there was room for everyone to sit and watch the game.

The 7th grade game looked to be a blowout early on.  OHMS grabbed an 8-4 first quarter lead and built it to 14-6 by halftime.  Still leading 18-10 at the end of the 3rd, the game appeared over, but NWMS found their offenses and started chipping away at the Panther lead.  Late in the came the Cougars' lead was cut to just 1 points, 18-17, but a not uncommon middle school mistake sealed the win for OHMS.  On a throw in from the end line by OHMS, the ball sailed over the head of the intended Panther.  The ball was grabbed by a NWMS player to promptly raced to the basket for an uncontested layin.  The problem is that it was the wrong basket, giving 2 points to OHMS, making the final score 20-17.

For the Panthers, Trinity Olivera, Alisha Wilson and Hailee Blau each scored 4 points, while Lydia Dorsey, Andrea Ruben and Kaylee Kruger had 2 points each.

The Cougars were led by Briana Garcia and Alyssa McCauley with 6 points each.  Roselia Loera and Emma Kirk scored 2 each and Paige Jackson scored one free throw.

In the 8th grade game, there was also a wrong-basket score, again by NWMS, but it would not have made a difference as NWMS was all over OHMS from the start, winning 43-14.

OHMS scorers: Virginia Black 4, Ajunae Frye 3, Lydia Peplinski and Taylor Edwards 2 each.  For the Cougars it was Bryn Langrock and Rahsanna Graham with 13 each, Michaela Pasch with 6, Elisabeth Adams and Mia Gehrmann with 4 each and Guadalupe Loera with 1.

The two teams are scheduled to play each other again on March 7th at North Whidbey Middle School.  7th grade at 3:30, 8th grade 10 minutes after the 7th grade ends.  Admission is free so come watch the future of Oak Harbor girls basketball.

7th grade video highlights are HERE

8th grade video is HERE.

Click HERE for photos of the 7th grade teams in action, including post-game group photos.

Click HERE for 8th grade photos.  There is only NWMS group photos as OHMS was missing a player.  We'll get photos of that team at a later date.


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