The girls basketball team played a dominant game from start to finish to beat the Nooksack Valley Pioneers in the first round of the district playoffs. The Borderites maintained their lead throughout the February 11 matchup, holding off a Pioneer surge in the second quarter to win 56–39.
“We forced a lot of turnovers on defense, and on offense we executed well,” said head coach Ryan Pike. “Nooksack’s a good team. You never want to give a good team a first quarter lead, and we were able to come out strong and carry that momentum the whole way through.”
Mandy Hayes led scoring with 22 points. She repeatedly beat defenders to the basket, scoring mostly on lay-ins, but she was also on target from the free throw line, making all of her eight attempts.
“We played really well as a team and helped each other out to get the win tonight. We got together for shooting drills after school, and I think that helped us too,” Hayes said.
Breanna Chau played a key role on offense, making four of her five three-point attempts to help spread out the Nooksack Valley defense early. Taylor V’Dovec scored 14 points, Chau scored 12 and Alexis McElwain scored eight.
With the win, Blaine will face the Knights at King’s in Seattle on Thursday, February 13. Last year, the Knights beat the Borderites at the buzzer to advance to the district championship game while Blaine went into the Tri-District tournament as the eighth seed.
“They’re pretty much the same team from last year, and we have all the same players from last year, so we’re looking for some revenge against King’s,” Pike said.