District Roundup: Lynden, Sehome Boys Roll; Ferndale Girls Fall

The Lynden and Sehome boys basketball teams, the top two seeds in the Class 2A District 1 tournament, opened with impressive victories Friday night, Feb. 11, to move into the semifinals and one step away from berths in the state tournament.

The Lions’ victory came at the expense of the Squalicum boys, who fell into the consolation bracket after Friday’s loss. The Ferndale girls found themselves in the same position in the Class 3A district tournament after being beaten by top-seed Arlington on Friday.

Here’s a look at Friday’s playoff action involving our Class 2A and 3A teams.

2A Boys: Lynden Stops Storm, Sehome Crushes Cedarcrest

The eighth-seeded Squalicum boys put up a fight against No.1-ranked Lynden, but the Lions used a 20-point fourth quarter to pull away for the 64-50 victory in their Class 2A District 1 quarterfinal contest.

Sophomore Anthony Canales had 24 points and 10 rebounds; senior Jordan Medcalf had 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals; and senior Dawson Adams added 8 points to lead the Lions (17-2), who will face fourth-seed Lakewood in Monday’s second semifinal at Mount Vernon.

Senior Reed Richardson had a game-high 26 points for Squalicum (7-12), which led 20-17 after the first quarter and was only down by five going into the final period, 44-39. Senior Leyton Smithson had 6 points and was the only other Squalicum player with more than five points.

The Storm also play Monday in a loser-out contest against Anacortes and will have to win three games in a row to qualify for state.

In the other quarterfinal contest Friday involving a Whatcom County team, Sehome (14-5) also found itself behind after one quarter but got its offense rolling and shut down Cedarcrest (8-11) over the final three periods for a 75-49 victory.

Junior Mathew Storms hit five of Sehome’s 11 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 21 points. Junior Grant Kepley had 16 points, junior Grey Garrison had 14 points, and another junior, Isaac Lawrence, hit a pair of 3s for 8 points.

With the win, the Mariners move into Monday’s early semifinal against Burlington-Edison.

The winners of Monday’s semifinals not only advance to the district championship game on Feb. 18 but are guaranteed spots in the state regionals. The semifinal losers will have to win a consolation game on Wednesday and the consolation final on Feb. 18.

Lynden 64, Squalicum 50

Squalicum           20          7        12        11—50

Lynden                17        12        15        20—64

Squalicum: Leyton Smithson 6, Kaleb Hawkinson 5, Dylan Jacobs 3, Nick Watt 2, Trevor Keeley, Kai Posey, Reed Richardson 26, Ashton Engelhart 5, Kyle Heaton, Peter Albert 3.

Lynden: Kaleo Jandoc 3, Coston Parcher 4, Cameron Petersen, Brady Elsner, Jordan Medcalf 16, Max Moore, Trey Smiley 4, Dawson Adams 8, Anthony Canales 24, Kobe Baar 5.

Sehome 75, Cedarcrest 49

Cedarcrest           22          8        10          9—49

Sehome               18        18        22        17—75

Cedarcrest: Jacob Del Degan 7, Luke Rogers 2, Timmy Ojeda-Silva 12, Logan Dice, Maxwell Taibl 10, Tillman Yowell, Jack Le Blanc 11, Isaiah Del Degan 8, Cooper Ayres.

Sehome: Isaac Lawrence 8, Grey Garrison 14, Austin McKay 2, Mathew Storms 21, Braddock Duckworth 3, Gavin Ortega 6, Dane Dominguez 5, Grant Kepley 16.


Wednesday, Feb. 9

Play-in games

#7 Cedarcrest 49, #10 Sedro-Woolley  46 (loser out)

#8 Squalicum 39, #9 Bellingham 38 (loser out)

Friday, Feb. 11

First round

#2 Sehome 75, Cedarcrest 49

#3 Burlington-Edison 79, #6 Archbishop Murphy 69

#4 Lakewood 61, #5 Anacortes 50

#1 Lynden 64, Squalicum 50

Monday, Feb. 14

Consolation games

Squalicum at Anacortes (loser out)

Cedarcrest at Archbishop Murphy 7 p.m. (loser out)


At Mount Vernon

Sehome vs. Burlington-Edison, 5:30 p.m.

Lynden vs. Lakewood, 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

At Mount Vernon

Consolation games

Consolation winner vs. semifinal loser, 5:30 p.m. (loser out)

Consolation winner vs. semifinal loser, 7:15 p.m. (loser out)

Friday, Feb. 18

At Mount Vernon

Consolation final

Consolation games winners, 5:30 p.m. (winner to state regionals, loser out)

Championship game

Semifinal winners, 7:15 p.m. (both to state regionals)

3A Girls: Ferndale Girls Lose To Third-Ranked Arlington

You know it’s a rough night when the other team has two players who score more points than your entire team. Unfortunately, that’s what happened to Ferndale when the Golden Eagles meet the District 1’s top seed, third-ranked Arlington, in a 65-16 road loss.

Fortunately, the Golden Eagles (10-10) are still alive in the double-elimination tournament. They will travel to Mountlake Terrace on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in a loser-out contest.

Junior Ellie Ochoa had 8 points to lead Ferndale, which managed only three points in each of the final three quarters. For the WesCo champion Eagles (16-2), Keira Marsh and Jenna Villa had 22 points each.

Arlington 65, Ferndale 16

Ferndale                 7          3          3        3—16

Arlington             21        18        23        3—65

Ferndale: Tatum Fox, Ellie Ochoa 8, Madisyn Butenschoen, Ashley Lang 4, Mallory Butenschoen, Maleah Singson, Tia Gilday 1, Hannah Barlean 3.

Arlington: Rachel Snow, Maddy Fischer, Hannah Rork 7, Keira Marsh 22, Kalli Rumsey, Samara Morrow 8, Kierra Reese 3, Jersey Walker, Katie Snow 3, Sophie Willis, Macie Butchart, Jenna Villa 22.


Monday, Feb. 7

First round

#9 Mount Vernon 47, #16 Cascade (Everett) 40 (loser out)

#15 Marysville-Getchell 34, #10 Shorewood 28 (loser out)

#11 Edmonds-Woodway 2, #14 Monroe 0 (forfeit) (loser out)

#12 Shorecrest 49, #13 Oak Harbor 43 (loser out)

#1 Arlington 76, #8 Meadowdale 37

#2 Snohomish 2, #7 Ferndale 0 (forfeit)

#3 Stanwood 66, #6 Mountlake Terrace 29

#4 Everett 51, #5 Lynnwood 32

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Second round

Mountlake Terrace 59, Edmonds-Woodway 40 (loser out)

Ferndale 54, Marysville-Getchell 39 (loser out)

Lynnwood 58, Shorecrest 38 (loser out)

Meadowdale 63, Mount Vernon 52 (loser out)

Friday, Feb. 11


Everett 66, Mountlake Terrace 37

Arlington 65, Ferndale 16

Stanwood 57, Lynnwood 39

Snohomish 69, Meadowdale 55

Tuesday, Feb. 15

Ferndale at Mountlake Terrace (loser out)

Meadowdale at Lynnwood (loser out)


Everett at Arlington

Stanwood at Snohomish

Saturday, Feb. 19

Consolation games (winners third, to state regionals, loser out)

Championship game (winner first, loser second, both to state regionals

Jim Carberry of Whatcom Hoops

Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.

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