Sports -- January 17, 2002

Published on Thu, Jan 17, 2002
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Lady B's top Baker
Blaine, exhibiting “in your face” ferocity on defense and elegant execution on offense, took sole possession of second place in the NCC with a 52-21 victory over Mt. Baker on January 10 in girls basketball at the Big Orange.
The win was the Lady B’s most impressive performance so far this season and left the faithful beaming over Blaine’s awesome big D display.
Coach Pat Green noted that Shela Robertson’s play “was awesome” and that Kristina Francis didn’t give up a point while guarding MB’s top gun Jennifer Flannery. Green glowed, “Everybody played well.”
Blaine got 13 steals to MB’s three and forced 24 MB turnovers to the Lady B’s 11. MB was held to 7, 1 and 4 points in the first three Q’s. The time that elapsed between Samantha Phillips dropping a deuce for MB at 4:05 in Q1 and Mt. Baker’s next score, a free throw success by Jennifer Flannery at 4:58 in Q2, was eight minutes and 53 seconds. The elapsed time between Phillips’ deuce and MB’s next success from the floor, a two-pointer by Christina Varang at 4:01 in Q3, was 12 minutes and 56 secs. That’s defense.
Jessica Summers got 15 points and 10 rebounds for Blaine. Anna Sticklin added 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Robertson, besides being diva of defense, got 8 points.
The Lady B’s defeated Granite Falls 57-33 on January 8 at G-Falls. Using a mix of good D and O, Blaine topped GF in rebounds 28-17, assists 15-3, floor shots 51-35 and shooting percentage (47 to 31 from the floor and 62 to 55 on free throws). The B’s committed 18 fouls to GF’s 10 and 15 turnovers to GF’s 26.
Summers led the B’s with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Linsey Taylor, the other Borderite in double figures, got 11.
Blaine pounced on the Tigers for a 15-8 first Q lead, extended it to 30-12 at the half and outscored the Lady T’s 15-12 and 12-9 in the final Q’s.
The Lady B’s host Lakewood on January 22 at 7 p.m. The Blaine-South Whidbey game on January 31, originally slated for February 1, has been moved to January 31.
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Neil's Notes
Blaine wrestler and second seed Tyler Glahn (18-1) edged Nooksack Valley grappler and top seed Justin Van Dyke 2-1 to win the 125-lb. title at the Joe Beam Whatcom County Invitational on January 12 at Sehome High School. Other Borderites placing at Joe Beam were Richie Tewes, 3rd at 135 lbs.; Randy Newton, 6th at 145 lbs. and Ivan Matamoros, 8th at 152 lbs.
Barracuda Benefit
The Blaine Barracuda Wrestling Club’s fund-raising tourney is January 19 at Ken Waters Gym. Officials and volunteers should be at the gym by 9 a.m. For further info, contact Darrell or Terilyn Price at 371-5583 or Craig Foster at 371-7467
Donkey Ball Cancelled
The donkey basketball fundraiser slated for January 23 at Ken Waters Gym has been cancelled.
Borderite boys in second
Blaine defeated Mt. Baker on January 11 and Granite Falls 73-37 January 8 to land alone in second nplace in North Cascades boys basketball.
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