Going into Tuesday night’s game against the undefeated Lynden Christian Lyncs, head girls’ basketball coach Jeremy Hinchey said he knew his team would have a fight on their hands.
In the Borderites’ hard-fought 73-46 loss, Hinchey said Blaine didn’t do a bad job of shutting most of the Lyncs’ high-scorers down; all except for Lynden Christian’s 6-foot, 1-inch junior forward Jasmine Hommes.
“We were expecting her to get 20 [points], not 36,” Hinchey said.
Hommes secured 8 more points than the Boderites’ own junior guard Stefawn Perrin to lead in scoring for both teams. Perrin led her own team in scoring and 3-pointers.
The game started closely enough, with the Borderites leading by a solid 6 points going into the second period. By the end of the second, the Lyncs held an 8-point, but hardly insurmountable, lead at 30-22.
However, Lynden Christian came out of halftime with renewed strength. The Lyncs outscored the Borderites by 22 points in the second half, garnering a 60-44 lead by 3 minutes, 47 seconds in the fourth period. The visibly wearied Borderites could only manage 2 more points in the last three minutes while Lynden Christian sunk 13 to bring the final score to 73-46.
Despite their loss, Hinchey said Blaine’s ball handling and communication have improved since their last game.
“We did a much better job of moving the ball around,” he said.
The loss brings the Borderites’ record to 0-3 in conference play, while keeping the Lyncs undefeated at 3-0. Blaine next travels to Ferndale to take on the 1-1 Golden Eagles at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, at Ferndale high school.
Photos by Jeremy Schwartz