Sports -- January 08, 2009

Published on Thu, Jan 8, 2009
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Lady B’s put Wildcats through school in home game

By Jack Kintner

Led by freshman Stefawn Perrin’s 15 points, the Lady B’s put on a clinic for the visiting McMath Wildcats of Richmond, B.C., defeating them 49 to 29 at home in a non-league contest on Tuesday night.

The game started out as a defensive struggle, with no points being scored for almost three minutes until McMath’s Rachel Haliwell finally broke the ice.

But by then Blaine had figured out the Wildcat press and began inching up the ladder, closing out the first half on a 15-7 run in the second quarter for an insurmountable 22-13 lead.

Both teams threw up enough bricks to build the new fieldhouse at the Pipe. Neither team got any treys, the low point for Blaine coming on Gabriela Avena’s second quarter air ball from the foul line. Of course, the scrappy senior followed that embarrassment with a nifty WNBA-style steal that she turned into an instant pass to Kristen Elsbree who almost instantly scored.

Avena’s better than even she knows, and as league play begins now will develop rapidly. Besides, that’s why non-league games are played, to get the kinks out.
Blaine basically out-muscled the Wildcats, out rebounding them 44-31, led by Avena’s 19 boards.

Following Perrin, Elsbree scored 8, Bailey Richardson 7, Tessa Baker and Avena 6 each, Jordan Oldham 3, Payton Steinbach and Libby Moore 2 each.

Blaine’s next game is a road contest in Anacortes on January 9 followed by a home game on Wednesday, January 14, against Meridian.