Blaine gains momentum

Published on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 by Ian Ferguson

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The Blaine girls basketball team is on a four-game winning streak after defeating Meridian and Mount Baker.

With the wins, the Borderites improved their overall season record to 11-5 and Northwest Conference (NWC) record to 6-3, putting them in fourth place in NWC standings behind Ferndale, Burlington-Edison and Sehome.

The Borderites came out strong and kept up the pressure, cruising to a confident 49-19 victory against Meridian January 18.

Blaine took control of the game right off the bat, outscoring their opponents 32-9 in a fast-paced first half. A productive Blaine offense was complemented by airtight defense: Blaine held Meridian to three points in the second quarter and two points in the third quarter.

Coach Ryan Pike said he was pleased by his team’s performance in the game, noting that the entire roster played multiple shifts in the NWC matchup. Six girls contributed points to the final score with sophomore Taylor V’Dovec leading her team and the game with 14 points.

“Everyone got minutes, so it was good to see us play well defensively and offensively from start to finish, with everyone getting time on the court,” Pike said.

Showing impressive offensive and defensive skills, junior Alexis McElwain scored a game-high 17 points and hauled in double-digit rebounds, to lead the Blaine girls team to a 49-36 victory over the Mountaineers January 21. She was not alone putting points on the scoreboard, though.

“We had balanced scoring,” Pike said. “McElwain, V’Dovec, and Hayes all scored in the double digits.”

Blaine dominated play in the first half, winning 27-19 at halftime. In the third quarter, Mount Baker started shooting from the perimeter with Emma Lallas and Rayedeen Engels scoring two three-pointers apiece. 

With the outside scoring and stronger defense, the Mountaineers came within four points of Blaine in the fourth quarter.

Acknowledging the team let its guard down in the second half, Pike said, “We shouldn’t have let them back in the game like we did”.

Still, Blaine was able to hold onto the lead, and pulled away from the Mountaineers as the clock ticked off the final minutes of the game.

This Friday, January 25, the girls play the Lynden Lions for the first time this season. The Lions are just behind Blaine in NWC 1A standings, with five wins and three losses in conference play, and 10 wins, six losses over the season. 

The Lions are coached by Rob Adams, who is also a special education teacher at Blaine High School.

The home game is at 7:15 p.m. in the Blaine High School gymnasium.