by Jack Kintner
Lady B’s crush Meridian 34-27 in home game
The Lady B’s claimed their first league win in front of home town fans last week as they crushed the hapless Meridian Trojans in a lop-sided 34-27 victory.
The only thing that kept Blaine’s score from being 60 or so to 27 was their 18 percent shooting from the field where they went only 11 for 62 attempts.
That shotgun approach worked for them, though, as they out-rebounded Meridian by a whopping 55 to 13, over half of them on the tougher offensive end of the court, as Jordan Oldham and Alex Hendricks-Hockey pulled down 10 each.
Blaine was lead in scoring by Bailey Richardson with 11 points, nine of them treys, followed by Kristen Elsbree with 10, Kellee Harbst with 7 and Carley Schmidt, Oldham and Hendricks-Hockey all with two points each.
Harbst’s low point production had to do with being double and sometimes triple teamed, but with the flexibility and poise of a veteran squad the Borderites shifted to their backcourt who more than made up.
On the defensive end Blaine held Meridian to two points in the first quarter and none, zip, nada, zilch in the final quarter to ice the win.
The girls travel to Sedro Woolley on Wednesday, January 23, before returning home on Friday, January 25 to face Burlington.
Slivers from the bench...
The boys game with Sehome on Tuesday, January 29, and the girls game with Mt. Baker will both be webcast to fans with internet access, said Blaine high school technology teacher Jim Nelson.
This was first done six years ago when students provided everything from play-by-play, sideline and color commentary to operating three cameras, a “booth” or backstage production facility in a room off the main gym.
Nelson’s students will also provide a prepared analysis of the matchup between the teams. A victory over Sehome, which has a season record of five wins and seven losses, is within reach of Blaine (3-10).
The Mt. Baker Mounties, on the other hand, will be a handful for the Lady B’s,.
To access the webcast, go to www.blaine.k12.wa.us/webcast. Pregame action will begin at 7:25 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com.
Grapplers beat Anacortes 57, 13
In a match every bit as one-sided as the score suggests, Blaine took 11 out of 14 matches from Anacortes as they cruised to an easy 57-13 match victory to keep their dual meet record unblemished at 7-0.
Blaine won three matches by quick first-round pins. Kyler Macowiak (130) pinned Jordan Ferrier in 54 seconds, Darrell Price, Jr., (189) pinned Matt Payne in 56 seconds and Jacob Martinez (160) pinned Cody Hernandez in just under 30 seconds.
Other winners included Nick Barnes (103), Kelton Nix (112), Jacob Humphrey (125), Tyson Foster (140), Jesse Kilthau (145) Jeremey Holdass (171), Shane Hicks (215) and Cody Dobbs (285).
Blaine’s next opponent, Bellingham, is a road matchup and despite their 2-6 record they won’t be so easy.
They won their last match in a shut-out 78-0 win over Sehome last week that included 8 pins. The match gets underway at Bellingham high school at 7 p.m.
Blaine boys win one, lose one to Woolley
Blaine came oh-so-close against the ranked and highly touted Meridian Trojans last week but lost what became a war of attrition as fouls ended up taking four Borderite starters out of the game.
Garret Swearinger and Nate Tewalt fouled out in the fourth quarter followed by Connor Oldham and Justin Kirkwood getting yanked by the Zebras in overtime. Blaine fought the men of Troy to a 51-all standoff by the end of regulation play and Blaine out-rebounded Meridian 36 to 25, but out fouled them as well 27 to 16.
Blaine was led by Tewalt’s 21 points and seven rebounds. Odie Johannessen had 14 points including both Blaine treys, and Connor Oldham had 11 on the night.
Bright spots on the evening were the defensive gems provided by Kirkwood on Josiah Sebens, a transfer from Squalicum who can score pretty much at will but was held to just 12 points, and by Alex Bresnan who held Meridian’s other chief threat, Andrei Lintz, to a baker’s dozen by cracking his rhythm and harassing him like a crow going after french fries.
“I hope we continue to play unselfishly like that, and work hard,” said head coach Dan Rucker. “We’ve gotta attack but be smart and keep turnovers down. In the end it could have gone either way, but I’m proud of the way our guys played out there.”
Tuesday night Blaine took out its frustration on visiting Sedro Woolley 69-57 in fine style, dominating in every aspect of the game. The physical contest reached a peak in the second quarter when Connor Oldham came sailing in from the left to stuff the ball in an NBA-style slam dunk that had fans roaring.
Woolley’s Ethan Brown, the league’s leading scorer, was held to 13 points, stymied by an inside trapping defense that kept the ball outside the paint. Woolley countered in the second half with a perimeter game that had left-hander David Janicki sliding around the top of the key for kick-out passes and a very quick left-handed shot, but despite his 22 points Blaine was able to quash the too little too late rally for the win. Now 2-4 in league, Blaine moved up in the standings with the win right behind 3-3 Sehome.
“We have a big test coming up [Friday, January 26] on the road against Burlington,” Rucker said, “but we’re peaking at the right time. We’re having good solid practices, and we’re working hard.”
For the week of January 17
1-16 Mount Vernon 57, Blaine 45
1-18 Blaine 34, Meridian 27
1-17 Blaine 57, Anacortes 13
1-17 Meridian 61, Blaine 56 2 OT
1-22 Blaine 69, Sedro Woolley 57