By Neil Macdonald
Lady Bs shun adversity for win
Coach Pat Green�s Lady Bs defeated Granite Falls 39-28 in North Cascades Conference girls basketball action on January 31 at Borderite Court.
It was not particularly pretty, but it was, perhaps, of particular significance. It�s easy to win when you�re in top form, but not so easy when you�re not. And the Lady Bs weren�t in tip-top form. Colds and flu, sprained this and strained that were plaguing Gang Green.
This combination of internal ailments and a �meet you at the ball� zone defense that saw Lady Tigers in twos and threes converging on any Lady B encroaching on Tiger territory made it an interesting evening for Blaine.
The Lady Bs, who usually hit about 61 percent of their foul shots, sputtered along, sinking 11-of-27 for an anemic 41 percent. Their fortunes afield weren�t much better. Their usual 36-to-37 percent field efforts were clunking along at a 30 percent rate (14-of-47). G-Falls was out-rebounding them, 30-22.
But the Bs still won. They put up 47 shots to G Falls� 39. That�s evidence of effort. They committed 15 turnovers to the Tigers� 26. That�s ball control. They got 14 assists to GF�s 4. That�s teamwork. And those �thats� were why the Lady Bs won.
Senior Linsey Taylor, who hit two top-of-the-key and one end-to-end layup to get six of Blaine�s seven third-quarter points, and sophomore Jennifer Kramer, who got five of Blaine�s seven first-quarter points, led the Lady Bs with 10 points each.
Jessica Summers added 8. Kristina Francis, popped in 6 and got 5 assists. Shela Robertson led the Lady Bs in rebounds with 6.
The win moved Blaine to 14-0 overall, 10-0 NCC. G-Falls, the premier southern school in the conference, dropped to 10-4 overall, 7-3 NCC.
The Lady Bs host Mt. Baker on February 6 and Meridian on February 12. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.
wrestlers best Lynden
Blaine, fifth in the North Cascades Conferences with a 2-3 record, combined two pins, two decisions and five forfeits to defeat Lynden, seventh in the 3A Northwest League with a 1-5 record, 49-23 in a non-con wrestling match on January 28 at Lynden.
John Brady, who shackled Lynden�s Isiah Scarrillo to the mat in 3:27 at 112 pounds, and Tom Paranic, who nailed the Lions� Scott Hersman down in 1:20 at 145, got the pins for the Borderites.
Bayartsengel Khishigdorj, who won a 13-3 major decision over Lynden�s Gabe Cantu at 152, and Richie Tewes, who edged Amadeo Lopez 5-4 in a come-from-behind win at 135, earned the decisions for Blaine.
Chuck Bowerman (103), Calvin Moore (140), Lucas Ambuehl (189), Bryce Lacasse (215) and Anthony Terris (275) collected the Borderite forfeit points.
Blaine will send 20 Borderites to the 2A District wrestling championships February 7-8 at Sultan. The top four grapplers in each division will go on to Regionals, which are slated for Mount Lake Terrace on February 15. The top five in each category at Regionals will qualify for State finals on February 21-22 in Tacoma.
roll Granite Falls
With Jack (Scoremore) Gilmore scoring 23 points and Jon Freeman getting 12 rebounds, Blaine Borderites rolled over Granite Falls 65-36 in North Cascades Conference boys basketball on January 31 at G-Falls.
Gilmore got 13 of his 23 points in a spurt of offensive excellence in the third quarter. Freeman�s dozen boards equaled the evening�s rebound total for the entire Tiger team. Long Jon also scored 6 points.
Ryan Alexander added 9 points and 6 assists to the Blaine offense. Other Borderite producers included Brendan Mulholland with 10, Grant Sanders 9, Wes Hubbard 3, Danny Le 3 and Matt Van Beek 2.
The Borderites are on the road for a bash with Mt. Baker on February 7 and a meeting with Meridian on February 11.
Senior Golf Registration
Whatcom Senior Men�s Golf Association�s 2003 registration has begun. Interested Whatcom seniors (55 and older) should belong to a Whatcom County golf club and have or be in the process of establishing a golf handicap. Annual dues are $25, which covers prize awards for outings and entitles senior participants to reduced rates on the day they play the designated course. Outings, approximately every two weeks during the summer, begin April 14. For more info, contact Loren Webb at 360/384-0950.
Eight �Cudas Place
Matt Carr won the cadet heavyweight crown as eight Blaine Barracudas placed at the U. S. Wrestling Folkstyle State Championships at Washougal High School on February 1-2.
Other �Cuda placers were Jeremy Holdaas (2nd, novice 95), Nate Deal (3rd, cadet 140), Vano Rehon (4th, cadet 171), Calvin Moore (5th, cadet 140), Nick Jordan (5th, cadet 112), Derik Stremler (5th, schoolboy 130) and Daniel Smith (6th, novice 100).
The championships marked the end of the folkstyle season. The �Cudas freestyle wrestling season starts in mid-February. For info, contact Craig Foster at 371-7467.