In their season debut at home, Blaine fell behind a strong shooting team from Sedro-Woolley despite a breakout performance from point guard Josiah Westbrook, who netted 27 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. The Cubs won the December 6 non-conference matchup 70–47. Blaine defeated Coupeville at home the following day.
Blaine held Sedro-Woolley to a seven-point lead in the first half thanks to a focused effort to lock down Jackson Price, the
leading scorer for the Cubs.
“We knew defending Price would be a key to the game, and we did a good job of that in the first half,” said head coach Shaun Pile. “In the second half they started putting up threes and we couldn’t catch up.”
Price scored seven points in the first half and ended the game with 25 points. Pile said the fact that the season opener was the first varsity action for the majority of his team played a role in the shaky start.
“It’s a big transition from junior varsity to varsity, so a lot of our guys aren’t used to the speed of the game. That will come along as the season progresses,” Pile said.
The Borderites displayed more confidence in their game versus Coupeville at home December 7, winning 84–50.
Westbrook scored 27 points and four three-pointers in the first half alone.
“He did a great job getting by his man, driving to the hoop and finishing the play,” Pile said. Pile said he was also impressed with Shaq Woods’ performance. Woods scored 23 points and hauled in 10 rebounds as a post player.
“He’s playing really well inside, posting up strong and getting the shot,” Pile said.
Late in the third quarter and throughout the fourth, Pile substituted a lot of players off the bench.
“Almost everybody scored, which shows good distribution and good teamwork,” Pile said.
The team is getting the hang of their new dribble-drive-motion offense, Pile said. The offensive scheme spreads the court and allows each position to work to its advantage.
Blaine will travel to Ferndale Friday, December 13 and Meridian Monday, December 9. Both games are non-conference and tip off at 7:15 p.m.
Conference play begins Thursday, December 19.