Vastly improved shooting and passing helped Blaine’s girls’ basketball team to their first Northwest Conference win Tuesday night against the Trojans of Meridian high school.
The Borderites kept their season from being a winless one with the 53-37 victory against Meridian. Blaine junior guard Cassy Richardson led in scoring on the night for the first time this season with 18 points, while Blaine junior guard Stefawn Perrin secured 14.
“They’ve worked so hard to get here,” Borderites’ head coach Jeremy Hinchey said. “They really deserve this win.”
Hinchey attributed Blaine’s improved performance in their last three games to intense practice in passing and shooting. The Borderites trailed by no more than eight points in their last two losses against Sehome and Mount Vernon.
Blaine started off strong in the first period of Tuesday’s game, scoring 14 points to the Trojans’ nine. The majority of Meridian’s points in the first period came from free throws.
The Borderites kept their scoring prowess alive in the second, besting the Trojans 15-11 in points earned to head into halftime with a 29-20 lead.
A whiff of controversy found its way onto the court when Perrin went down to her knees at 4 minutes, 56 seconds into the second after what appeared to be sharp jab to the stomach.
Though she had to be helped off the court, she still had a foul called against her. With no serious harm done, Perrin was back in the game 44 seconds later to finish out the half.
Blaine tied with Meridian for points scored in the third with 11, but sunk 13 to the Trojans’ six in the fourth to bring the final score 53-37 in Blaine’s favor. The Borderites managed the only 3-pointers of the night with Perrin and Richardson each sinking three.
The win improves Blaine’s Northwest Conference record to 1-8 and drops the Trojans to 0-9. The Borderites next travel to Bellingham high school to take on the 2-7 Red Raiders at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 28.