Just 13 Blaine High School girls are in the basketball program this year, but three out of five starters from last year’s varsity team are back and they should be competitive despite the low turnout.
“I think our goals are the same – compete in every game, be in a spot to win in the fourth quarter,” said head coach Ryan Pike. “The main girls that were going to play varsity came out, so it’s not like we’re missing girls that I thought were going to come out.”
The team includes several key players from last year’s squad, including senior Taylyn DePauw and sophomores Hailey Pike and point guard Krystin Kamrath. All three scored a lot of baskets in Blaine’s diverse offense last year. Another senior, Emma Mulryan, also got a lot of varsity playing time last year.
The Borderites will miss last year’s team captains Ashley Dickerson and Brynn Hallberg, who led the team and brought energy to the court. To start the season, Blaine will focus on avoiding turnovers and summoning the energy that Hallberg and Dickerson brought to the team.
“We did lose two varsity starters, but I think we still have the potential to win some games and be successful if we work at it,” Kamrath said.
Blaine’s less experienced players will feel the low turnout most acutely. Blaine doesn’t have enough players for a junior varsity team, so the newer players will practice against the varsity starters and they won’t get the playing time they would have on junior varsity.
Blaine won its first regular season game at Friday Harbor High School on December 3. Mulryan sunk a three-pointer to tie the game with 40 seconds left, and Hailey Pike made three free-throws after that to give the Borderites a 31–28 victory.
Next, the Borderites travel to Everett High School for a 5 p.m. game on Saturday, December 7.
Blaine’s first home game starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 27, against University Prep, a private high school in Seattle.