By Neil Macdonald
Lady Bs remain undefeated
Coach Pat Green�s undefeated Lady Bs (11-0 overall, 7-0 NCC) defeated South Whidbey 60-42 at home on January 13 and Lakewood 46-31 in Cougar country on January 17 in North Cascades Conference girls basketball.
Blaine�s Jessica Summers was all double double, toil and trouble for the Lady Falcons in the SW game as she popped in 19 points, picked off 14 rebounds and generally bedazzled, befuddled and bewildered both SW offenders and defenders.
Linsey Taylor added 15 points and five assists and Kristina Francis pocketed 10 points, six coming on a pair of treys. Shela Robertson�s 6 points, Kimberly Harmening�s 4, Jennifer Kramer�s 4 and Amanda Stull�s 2 rounded out the Lady B scoring.
Gang Green out-scored SW in every Q, leading 18-15, 37-24 and 51-35 at the Qs; led in rebounds, 40-29; assists, 15-8; and treys, 3-2 and committed five fewer turnovers. The Lady B�s hit 21-of-61 (34 percent) from the floor to SW�s 15-of-50 (30 percent), and 16-of-25 (64 percent) from the foul stripe to the Birds� 9-of-22 (41 percent).
The Green Machine continued their 34 percent field goal pace against the Cougars, hitting 15-of-44, and improved their foul line proficiency a wee bit, hitting 14-of-21 (67 percent).
Blaine�s scoring in the Cougar contest was concentrated with a quartet of Lady B�s � Taylor 13, Robertson 11, Francis 10 and Summers 10 � in double figures. Ainsley Nix added 2. Taylor and Summers each got 10 rebounds. Francis contributed four assists.
Blaine took a 17-2 first Q lead, but Lakewood rallied to out-point the Lady B�s 23-9 in the mid-quarters, leaving Blaine ahead 26-25 going into the final Q. Undaunted, Blaine came back to outscore the Cougars 20-6 to get the win.
defense stifles Cougars
With Jake Gilmore scoring 23 points and Grant Sanders and Jon Freeman adding 11 each to account for 80 percent of Blaine�s scoring, coach Dan Rucker�s Borderites took a 56-39 boys� North Cascades Conference win from Lakewood on January 17 at Borderite Court.
Ryan Alexander added 6 points; Brendan Mulholland, 4; and Wes Hubbard, 1 to complete Blaine�s offensive onslaught.
And speaking of onslaughts, the Borderite�s aggressive zone defense attacked with equal vigor and spirit, holding the high-scoring Cougs to less than 40 points. Kept on the far side of the three-point semi-circle, the Cougars spent considerable offensive time prowling the perimeter, probing unsuccessfully for a passing lane or high percentage shooting opportunity. They missed five trey tries in the second quarter alone.
Blaine defeated South Whidbey 62-40 on January 13 at Langley, the Borderite�s task eased by the Falcon�s being short five players, suspended for breaking team rules.
Alexander and Sanders paced the Double B�s, each netting 15 points. Mulholland added 8 points and plucked off 7 rebounds. Hubbard got 8; Jon Freeman, 7; Jake Gilmore 6; and Danny Le, 3.
Coach Dan Rucker�s squad exhibited shooting percentages of the finest quality as they hit 54 percent from the floor and 85 percent from the foul line. Blaine hosts NCC-leading Nooksack Valley on January 24 at 7:30 p.m.