Despite its best scoring performance of the season, Blaine’s high school girls’ basketball team was not able to hold onto to a six-point lead going into the last four minutes of Tuesday’s game and lost to Mount Vernon 61-58.
The Mount Vernon Bulldogs may have handed the Borderites their seventh consecutive Northwest Conference loss of the season, but Blaine head coach Jeremy Hinchey said his team had nothing to be ashamed of.
“They did everything I asked them to,” Hinchey said.
Blaine Junior Stefawn Perrin sank a total of 28 points, tying her season record for points scored in a single game. Mount Vernon’s Karli Welch lead her team with 15 points on the night.
Blaine started off consistent and strong, showing much improved shooting and passing over their past games.
Perrin drew first blood in the game with her first of three 3-pointers on the night. Blaine lead 33-28 going into the half.
The Borderites were able to keep a slim lead all throughout the third period, going into the fourth with 41 points to the Bulldogs’ 37 on the scoreboard.
Blaine was able to stay ahead until about the three-minute mark in the fourth period when the Bulldogs slowly began to chip away at the Borderites’ lead.
Through a combination of 3-pointers and free throws, Mount Vernon was able to match Blaine nearly point-for-point going into the last two minutes of the game. Perrin’s final basket of the match put the Borderites within one point of the lead, but two Bulldog free throws in the last three seconds put the score at 61-58, Mount Vernon, and just out of reach for the Borderites.
The loss keeps Blaine winless in Northwest Conference play at 0-7 and improves Mount Vernon’s record to 2-5.
The Borderites next take on Sehome’s 5-1 Mariners at Blaine, and Hinchey said to look forward to a battle.
Blaine’s game against Sehome will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, at Blaine high school.
Photo by Jeremy Schwartz