The girls basketball team kicked off the season in style with two decisive wins on the road. The Borderites defeated Sedro-Woolley 57–13 December 6, then held Concrete to three points in a 63–3 win December 7.
Taylor V’Dovec and Alexis McElwain scored 19 and 14 points respectively in the Sedro-Woolley game, accounting for more than half of Blaine’s total points, but head coach Ryan Pike said the lopsided win was the result of a strong team effort.
“We got a lot of players into the game. The bench played the entire fourth quarter, and the girls who came in off the bench played really well,” Pike said.
By the third quarter, Blaine had a 30-point lead and a running clock sped up the inevitable Blaine win.
“We played excellent defense and we were fantastic on offense as well,” Pike said. “I’m trying to give the starting five some breathing room this year, and I was really pleased with how our subs played. Kjirstin Larsen played well off the bench, and Mikayla Deming did as well. It’s good to see her play with confidence.”
Deming hauled in eight rebounds and scored all three of her two-point shots for six points. Larson had two assists, one block and a steal.
Pike said the team is still adjusting to the read-and-react offense, which gives players more discretion and autonomy on the court.
“They’re starting to use it in game situations, and it’s coming along,” he said.
In the game at Concrete the following day, Blaine wielded a 1-2-2 full-court press to devastating affect in the first half. Blaine committed two fouls in the first half that gave Concrete their only three points in the game, and abandoned the full-court press in the second half.
“I told the girls, no matter what the score is, play defense as hard as you can,” Pike said. “On offense, we moved the ball a lot before taking any shots and got a lot of high-quality shots under the hoop. So we focused on defense, rebounding and only taking quality shots in the game.”
Mandy Hayes scored a game-high 25 points, including a three-pointer, two rebounds and five steals. V’Dovec scored 12 points and netted five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The Borderites defeated Mount Baker 52–44 on the road December 10, and will take on the Ferndale Golden Eagles in the Ken Waters Memorial Gym at Blaine Friday, December 13 at 7:15 p.m.
They will face Meridian at Meridian Tuesday, December 17 at 7:15 p.m. All games so far are non-conference. Conference play begins Thursday, December 19.