Despite committing 13 fewer turnovers and coming to within three points in the fourth period, Blaine’s girls’ basketball team saw the Squalicum Storm widen their lead by 10 through mostly free throws to hand the Borderites a 49-39 loss Monday night.
The Storm’s Sarah Stackhouse dominated the game with a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Blaine junior guards Stefawn Perrin and Cassy Richardson sunk a team-high 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The loss drops the Borderites’ Northwest Conference record to 1-10 and improves the Storm’s record to 3-8.
Squalicum started off dominant in the first period, outscoring the Borderites 15-7. Blaine seemed unable to effectively handle rebounds, though Richardson and Blaine senior guard Libby Moore led a more aggressive defense than has been seen in previous Borderite play.
Blaine slightly improved their scoring performance in the second period, sinking eight points to the first period’s seven, but was still outscored by the Storm going into the half, Squalicum leading 27-15.
The Borderites’ stepped-up defense, frequented by several aggressive double-team plays, kept the Storm to five points in the third period to Blaine’s eight, making the score 32-23, Squalicum, going into the final period.
The fourth was the best period of the night for Blaine when it came to scoring, sinking 16 points, but the worst for fouls called against the Borderites. Blaine shortened the Storm’s lead to 36-33 at about 3 minutes, 30 seconds remaining, but Squalicum was able to secure at least six points through free throws in the last three minutes. This, in addition to improved shooting from the Storm, led to an eventual 49-39 loss for Blaine.
The Borderites next take on the 9-1 Lynden Lions at Blaine at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, at this season’s final home game for Blaine.
Photo by Jeremy Schwartz