The Lady Borderites stayed strong throughout the fourth period of Tuesday’s girls’ basketball non-conference game against Nooksack Valley, but could not keep the Pioneers from sinking free throws near the end to bring Blaine its first loss of the season.
The Pioneers handed the Lady B’s a 49-44 loss on Tuesday, November 30, at Blaine high school. Blaine outscored Nooksack in the second period, but the Borderites’ stronger showing toward the end of the game was not enough to push the team ahead of the Pioneers.
Blaine junior guard Stefawn Perrin led in scoring for both teams with 16 points, with Nooksack junior guard Kazia Tjoelker coming in second with 11 points for the night.
The Borderites had trouble scoring in the paint in the opening period. Nooksack ended up leading Blaine 6-4 going into the second.
Perrin lead a small comeback for Blaine in the second period with a field goal and then free throw at about the 6 minute mark, bringing the Borderites within one point of Nooksack. Blaine’s scoring efforts pushed them into the half leading 19-18.
Blaine head coach Jeremy Hinchey said the Borderites picked up their intensity after the second period, but had trouble sinking shots in the third and fourth periods.
“I thought they started looking for their shots more in the second,” Hinchey said.
The Pioneers outscored Blaine 31-25 in the second and third periods to make the final 49-44 score. Looking ahead to Thursday’s game at Sehome, Hinchey said his team would have to work on shooting and rebounding.
“Those two things cost us the game tonight, I think,” he said.
The Borderites will travel to Bellingham to take on the Mariners in another non-conference game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Mariners will be going into Thursday’s match-up coming off a 48-44 non-conference loss against Marysville Pilchuck on Tuesday. Sehome won their 2009 contest against the Borderites 48-34.
Photos by Jeremy Schwartz