Blaine found itself in an unusual position last Tuesday, ending the first quarter of their initial contest this year with the defending state champion Lynden Lions tied 10-10.
Lynden seemed to have the yips, hacking their way through Blaine’s offense and paying for it at the foul line. Blaine took advantage with crisply executed plays and some good outside shooting.
Then Lynden began pressing and the wheels came off for Blaine. Flummoxed by the windmilling arms of the Lions, Blaine managed just two points in the second quarter and not much more the rest of the game, losing 64-25.
A bright spot was the hustling play of Blaine guard Stefawn Perrin, who sank the Lady B’s lone trey from about a mile away in the first quarter and kept her team coming back despite many offensive miscues and avoidable turnovers.
Perrin ended the night with a team-high dozen points. Libby Moore and the veteran scrapper Jordan Oldham each got six rebounds. Oldham scored five points and Cassy Richardson, Payton Steinbach, Lauren Cummings and Libby Moore each got a pair. The most telling statistic was in turnovers: Lynden had only 16 while Blaine had 34.
After hosting Concrete on Wednesday after press time the girls next meet Meridian at home on Tuesday, December 15.