Blaine girls basketball defeated Mount Baker 34-33 Tuesday night in the high school gymnasium after an enthralling second half.
At halftime the Lady Borderites led the Mountaineers 21-15, but the Baker girls doubled-up in the third quarter, taking a 30-27 lead into the fourth. Leading most of the quarter, the Mountaineers appeared to be putting an upsetting end to Blaine’s season, until senior Hailey Pike put the Borderites back in the lead with only seconds remaining in the game. With a big stuff at the other end of the court, Hailey and the team saw the game out and advanced to the second round of post-season.
Head coach Ryan Pike said he was pleased with how the girls played and were able to finish off the game. “The first quarter we came out really strong,” he said. “Then we cooled off a bit, but we made enough baskets in the fourth [quarter] to get the job done.”
Hailey finished the game with 14 points. Sophomore Deja Dube and senior Krystin Kamrath both finished with eight and sophomore Alia Ball had four.
Blaine will go on to face Meridian Thursday, February 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Meridian High School in the second round of the district tournament. The winner of that game will then go on to play the loser of the district championship game between Nooksack Valley and Lynden Christian on Tuesday, February 15, while the loser is out.
Pike said he wants the team to be competitive against the Meridian Trojans. “It’s a game that if we play our best basketball I think we can win,” he said. “So hopefully we can get them this time.”
In regular season play, the Blaine girls lost to Meridian 50-29 on the road. The girls finished their regular season 8-10.
The Borderites finished their regular season competition with a seven-game winning streak after a narrow 65-63 away win over Ferndale Saturday. The win secures them the second seed in the 1A district tournament.
They are scheduled to play the first seed and last team they’ve lost to this season Lynden Christian Friday night, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Nooksack Valley in the district championship game. The winner advances to the district 1 /2 crossover while the loser has another chance Tuesday night, February 15, to advance.
The boys finished the regular season 12-5 in all competition.
The boys varsity wrestling team won the sub-regionals tournament last weekend in Granite Falls with a total of 369 points. Mount Baker was second with 214.5 points. Head coach Tom Hinz said the team had 22 wrestlers out of the 24 that competed qualify for the regional tournament in Hoquiam this weekend.
“We hope to win the regional tournament and to have a high percentage of wrestlers move on to state,” he said. Hinz added that he thinks and hopes 15 to 18 boys will qualify for the state championship tournament.
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