The Lady Borderites took down Mount Baker 44-31 Tuesday night in a game that began as a tight battle.
Throughout the first and second quarter Blaine and Mount Baker traded baskets and stops, keeping it a tight, low scoring game. Both teams worked hard on defense. The Borderites nabbed a few steals and forced multiple turnovers while the Mountaineers high press disrupted Blaine’s offense.
“We got a lot of good looks in the first half that we weren’t able to finish,” head coach Ryan Pike said. “But in the second half, we got those same looks and were able to finish them.”
At halftime, Blaine led 16-15. Alia Ball had seven points, Deja Dube had 5 and Hailey Pike had 4.
Into the third quarter, the girls widened the gap. Hailey led the scoring as the Blaine caught Baker out on multiple fast breaks. After a big play from Krystin Kamrath, stuffing a Mount Baker forward, carrying the length of the court and dishing to Hailey, the girls had the momentum needed to secure the win.
Hailey finished with 22 points, Dube finished with 11, Ball had 7 and Kamrath had 3. Hailey also led in rebounds with 10 and Kamrath had 7.
On the defensive side, Blaine had 12 deflections and 16 steals.
The girls came into the game on the back of their third win in 10 games so far this season. Blaine beat Sedro-Woolley 53-19 at home January 13.
Ryan said the girls had a slow start getting back into their rhythm after winter break but have now found some momentum he hopes they can carry to the end of the season.
They go onto play Meridian on the road Saturday, January 22, at 7:15 p.m. Then the girls travel to Squalicum Wednesday, January 26, at 7:35 p.m. Blaine is 4-7.
After a tough home loss to undefeated Lynden Christian, the Borderites traveled to Sedro-Woolley Saturday where they beat the Cubs 60-38. Then the boys hosted La Conner Monday and won 72-29. They were scheduled to travel to Mount Baker Wednesday night.
Carrying some momentum into the end of the season, the Borderites play at home this Friday, January 21, against Meridian. Next week, they host Squalicum Wednesday, January 26. Both games are at 7:15 p.m.
The boys are 7-5 so far this season.
Girls varsity wrestling hosted a multi-school invitation in the high school gymnasium this Saturday, January 15.
The girls are scheduled to travel to Meridian for a conference tournament Tuesday, January 18, with competitions starting at 6 p.m. Their final tournament of the season is Saturday, January 29, at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.
Boys varsity wrestling will compete next at Lynden in a conference matchup Thursday, January 20, according to the schedule. Their final tournament on the schedule this season is Saturday, January 22, at Quincy High School.
Both teams have had multiple competitions canceled recently as a surge in Covid-19 cases has been linked to past high school wrestling meets.
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