The Lady B’s went cold in the third quarter about the time that Meridian’s girls got the hot hand – especially their little dead-eye Bree Park – and lost a thriller in OT on Tuesday 47-45. Park got all six of the Trojan three-point shots to end up with a game high 20 points.
Blaine’s solid point guard Stefawn Perrin got Blaine’s only trey herself and came away with 19 points. What doesn’t show in the stats is how she kept her team in the game with timely foul shooting and clutch lay-ups.
At the end of regulation she came within a gnat’s whisker of winning the game with a coast-to-coast lay-in that bounced a little too hard off the back of the rim and fell back out of the bucket to a collective moan from the Blaine side of the gym and a sigh of relief from the Meridian partisans on the other.
Libby Moore, a junior who plays tough, came away with 13 points and Jordan Oldham got four plus 12 of Blaine’s 50 rebounds. Cassy Richardson got seven points and Payton Steinbach got a pair.
The Trojans were outplayed and trailed most of the game, but Blaine failed to take advantage and the edge proved to be a third quarter in which Meridian outscored Blaine 20-7.
Blaine tossed up brick after brick in the period, making long passes to break Meridian’s press that too often ended up in the wrong hands.
With Meridian fouling so much Blaine began to narrow the gap and tied the game in the fourth when Perrin connected on the front end of a 1 and 1, but she missed the second shot and Blaine never regained the lead.
The girls worked hard and were ready for Meridian, playing with an energetic style that was missing in the Lynden game. Blaine won the rebounding battle 50-35 and committed half as many fouls, 22 to 11, but had 24 turnovers to Meridian’s 15.
Both teams are involved in double-headers this weekend, with the girls playing Mount Baker on Friday, December 18, at 5:45 followed by the boys playing the same school at 7:30. The next day the girls go up against Granite Falls at 3 p.m. followed at 5 p.m. by the boys game.