After losing 34-32 to King’s High School February 6, the girls basketball team knew it was do or die: one loss in the 1A district tournament meant the team couldn’t lose another game in the 1A district tournament and still advance to tri-district. The girls were up to the task. They handled South Whidbey 48-32, and then redeemed a loss to Nooksack Valley earlier in the season by defeating the Pioneers 51-40.
At home against South Whidbey February 8, sophomore Taylor V’Dovec tallied her fourth double-double of the season, with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Sophomore point guard Breanna Chau took control of the game, racking up 15 points and four steals. By halftime, the score
was 27-10 with Blaine in the lead. By game’s end, Blaine had out-rebounded the Falcons 39-20, and stolen the ball 18 times to South Whidbey’s 10. The final score was 48-32.
Against Nooksack Valley the next day, Mandy Hayes came out strong for the Borderites, sinking a three-pointer off an assist by Alexis McElwain in the first play of the game. Hayes went on to score 13 points in the first quarter, and a game high 17 points by the final buzzer.
Defensively, Blaine outmaneuvered the Pioneers on the court, with 10 steals to Nooksack Valley’s three, but were barely beaten on the boards with 30 rebounds to Nooksack Valley’s 34. Most of Blaine’s steals were converted into points, as the starting five put forth a well-rounded scoring effort.
V’Dovec scored 13 points, Chau scored eight, Olivia Olason scored seven and Alexis McElwain scored four.
Nooksack Valley chipped away at the Blaine lead in the second half, coming to within three points (32–29) early in the fourth quarter, but Blaine showed their tenacity and came away with the win, for a final score of 51–40.
The win against Nooksack Valley sends the Borderites to the tri-district tournament as the eighth overall seed.
They will face either Port Townsend or Overlake in Mountlake Terrace at 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 15.