Blaine girls take first in conference with win over Lynden Christian

Published on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 by Kevin Minnick

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The Blaine girls’ basketball team pulled out a huge win over Lynden Christian at Blaine High School on Monday, January 2.

The Borderites edged out the Lyncs 37-35, earning their first victory over Lynden Christian in more than five years.

“It was a great win,” Blaine head coach Jeremy Hinchey said in a phone interview. “The girls were really excited about it. It was definitely our defense and rebounding that made the difference.”

Stefawn Perrin lead her team in sc­­oring with eight points, including two three-pointers. Three other Borderites, Breanna Chau, Alexis McElwain and Mandy Hayes, added six points each. In total, seven Borderites scored Monday night.

McElwain also headed up Blaine’s defensive end, grabbing a game-high 13 boards to go with her six points.

Hinchey said the healthy scoring spread is nothing new among his team.

“It’s been pretty regular. We’ve got five girls who are averaging seven to 10 points per game, which is pretty good. It makes it hard for teams to focus on one girl.”

The Borderites now sit atop the Northwest Conference with a conference record of 3-0 and an overall record of 8-2. Anacortes is the only other school currently with an undefeated conference record.

“I wouldn’t say we were expecting this, but we were certainly hoping,” Hinchey said. “We’re a young team, and we are just playing really well right now.”

The Borderites next host Ferndale (1-2 conference, 7-3 overall) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6.

“Ferndale is going to be another tough game, so we are definitely going to have to play well,” Hinchey said.