The Lady Borderites barely trailed the Sedro-Woolley Cubs by 10 points at any given time in Tuesday night’s NW Conference basketball game at Blaine, but a fourth quarter push by the Cubs and a number of fouls on Blaine propelled Sedro-Woolley to a 48-42 win.
The loss for Blaine puts their Northwest Conference record at 0-2 and takes the Cubs to 1-1.
The Borderites started off the game well in a low-scoring first period with a 8-5 lead going into the second. From there, the contest was tied numerous times as Blaine and Sedro-Woolley nearly traded shot for shot until Blaine held a narrow 22-20 lead going into the half.
Blaine head coach Jeremy Hinchey said the Borderites’ strong defense was a major reason they were able to keep the game so close. He said keeping the Cubs under 50 points, being a team that scored 67 in their game against Mt. Vernon earlier this season, was an achievement in and of itself.
Despite Blaine’s strong defense, Sedro-Woolley began to slowly but steadily pull away from the Borderites as the game progressed, securing a 32-29 lead at the end of the third period.
The lead bounced back and forth between the teams all the way through the fourth, with Blaine leading 38-34 at 3 minutes, 43 seconds and the Cubs coming back to make it 39-37 at 2:23. The last 30 or so seconds of the game seemed to lose the game for the Borderites, though, as they committed four fouls that netted the Cubs four free throws.
Hinchey said his team could have put up more shots near the end of the game, but all around seemed to show improvement since their past losses at Granite Falls and Mount Baker.
“We had some big chances, but the shots weren’t falling for us,” Hinchey said.The Lady Borderites get a break for the holidays but are right back at it with a game against the 2-0 Lyncs at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 3 at Lynden Christian.