Lady B's score early lead but ultimately defeated
By Jack Kintner
The Lady B’s scored first and held on to an early lead, but eventually gave way to a strong Lynden team in losing on the road Tuesday night 57-37. Blaine trailed by just one after the first quarter but their fate was sealed by Lynden’s 22-8 second quarter run for a 30-15 halftime score.
The Lions effectively shut down Blaine’s scoring machine, Kristen Elsbree, who ended up with just two points. Senior guard Bailey Richardson stepped into the breach with 16 points, including four treys.
Freshman Stefawn Perrin got 8, including two treys, Gabriela Avena got 6, Tessa Baker scored 3 and Jordan Oldham got 2.
The Lynden defense was just too much for Blaine, who had a nice surge to open the second half but were unable to last. One telling statistic was Lynden’s 27-18 rebounding edge.
Boys lose, girls win
The Borderites acquitted themselves well as basketball season opened last week, the boys playing narrowly losing to a balanced triple-A Ferndale team while the Lady B’s used their defensive skills to carve up the distaff Golden Eagles like so much leftovers from last month’s turkey.
At Ferndale, the boys had even scoring from Trevor Chau (13 points), Odie Johannessen (10), Jason Green (10), Mitch Mekovich (8) and Greg Grasher (3), and led by two after the first quarter 12-10. In the second Ferndale outscored them by 8 for a 29-23 halftime lead that Blaine cut down to 37-40 at the end of three. Ferndale closed the deal with a furious but narrow 16-13 fourth quarter for the six point win.
Blaine was out-rebounded 26-16, which was the edge, both Chau and Mekovich getting five apiece. Johannessen and Grasher, who fouled out, both got timely treys. All in all Blaine played well against a stronger AAA team and looks good headed into a Monday night (December 15) home league opener against Lynden.
The girls used a combination of defense, long range shooting and solid scoring from Kristen Elsbree (19 points, 11 rebounds) to knock off Ferndale 41-38 at home last Friday. Defensively they held the Eagles to one point in the first quarter, and despite a late surge, including 22 points from Ferndale’s Ashley Honeycutt, that had them outscoring the Lady B’s 15-8 in the final frame, Blaine held on for the win.
Blaine sinks Sehome Mariners, takes tournament
Shaypher Hendricks (112 pounds), DJ Duncan (140), Tyson Foster (145) and heavyweight Darrell Price Jr. (285) all had pins as Blaine opened its home season with a convincing 61-7 pasting of the Sehome Mariners last week.
It marked the return of Alex Pennington (171), who was out last year with an injury. Pennington decisioned Thayne Yazzie 15-5.
103 pounds, Cody Blier (B) forfeit;
119: Nick Barnes (B) dec. Josh Bird (S) 9-3;
125: Mitch McCallister (S) dec. Mike Petronella (B) 14-2;
130: Nash Stone (S) dec. Tony Jordan (S) 12-10;
135: Kyler Mackowiac (B) dec. Jerid McGarry (S) 4-2;
152: Jamal Mallak (B) forfeit;
160: AJ Pieczynski (B) dec. Dale Patterson 20-4;
171: Alex Pennington (B) dec. Thayne Yazzie (S) 15-5;
189: Shaffer Hicks (B) forfiet;
215: Jeremy Holdaas (B) dec. Gavin Snyder (S) 14-4; 285.
Blaine wins George
Blaine’s wrestlers ran their season dual-meet record to 3-0 last weekend in taking the annual George Yonlick Memorial Tournament with a convincing 45-33 win over a strong but ultimately outgunned Bellingham squad. Alex Pennington (171) and Darrell Price, Jr., (285) both had late-match wins as Blaine came back from a 33-24 deficit to win going away. Pennington beat Jack Morgan 7-5 to put the victory within reach and Price’s pin in the last match sealed the deal.
Also getting pins were Blaine’s Tony Jordan (125), Jacob Humphrey (130) and Kyler Machowiak (135). Along with DJ Duncan (145) and Pennington, all of them finished the day 3-0.
103: Nolan Takemura (Bel) p. Cody Blier (B), 1:00;
112: Jorge Torres (Bel) p. Shaypher Hendricks (B), 1:18;
119: Forrest Kuykendall (Bel) p. Kelton Nix (B), 49;
140: Garrett Mullett (Bel) p. Camden Nix (B), 2:30;
145: DJ Duncan (B) won by forfeit;
152: Levi Lott (Bel) p. Tyson Foster (B), 3:30;
160: Kolby Wiebe (Bel) d. A.J. Pieczynski (B), 15-8;
189: Shaffer Hicks (B) won by forfeit;
215: Jeremy Holdaas (B) won by forfeit.
For the week of Dec. 5
12-2 Blaine 67, Brookswood, B.C. 43
12-5 Ferndale 56, Blaine 50
12-5 Blaine 41, Ferndale 38
12-9 Lynden 57, Blaine 37
12-4 Blaine 61, Sehome 7
12-5 Blaine 45, Bellingham 33
12-5 Blaine 57, Arlington 16