As they have for the last several games, the girls basketball team spread the ball around to post lopsided wins over Meridian at home January 24 and Mount Baker at home January 28.
The final score of the Meridian game was 74–38. Mandy Hayes’ 19 points and eight rebounds and Taylor V’Dovec’s 19 points and seven rebounds led the Borderites. Two other Blaine athletes posted double-digit scores: Alexis McElwain and Kjirstin Larson both scored 10 points.
“It was a great team effort offensively and defensively, and a nice way to end the week and get ready to start a new week,” head coach Ryan Pike said. “We got to play 11 different players. It was an all-around great game atmosphere for the team.”
Breanna Chau doled out 10 assists and Olivia Olason sank two three-pointers.
Pike said he appreciated the chance to spread playing time around to other players beyond the starting five, who sat out the entire fourth quarter.
“It’s nice to have those players getting more game experience. We’ll have kids graduating next year, and even this year it can come in very handy to have experienced subs on hand. If we get into foul trouble, or if we see three games over three days in the district tournament like we did last year, we’ll be able to give all our players plenty of rest,” Pike said. “No matter how old you are, it’s still tiring to play three games in a row with long bus rides in between.”
Blaine faced Mount Baker at home January 28 and won 62–40. V’Dovec led the team with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and as a team the Borderites tallied 20 assists.
With the wins over Meridian and the Mount Baker, the Borderites are 7–2 in Northwest Conference play and 11–5 overall.
Pike said the upcoming game against Lynden will be a good indicator of how the team is playing.
“Anytime you play Lynden, it’s always a big game,” he said. “They’re looking to beat us after we beat them last year, so they’ll be a good test for us. We just have to go out and play hard basketball.”
Pike said the team is looking to improve on the little things, such as rotating off the weak-side defense.
The Lynden game is away Friday, January 31 at 7:15 p.m. The Borderites will travel to Friday Harbor on Saturday, February 1 for an afternoon game that starts at 1:30 p.m.