Two of the most successful high school basketball programs in Washington state — the Lynden Christian girls and the Lynden boys — are back in a familiar place: their respective state championship games.
The defending 1A state champion LC girls took care of business with a repeat of last year’s state semifinals by defeating Medical Lake, 58-34, Friday night in Yakima’s SunDome.
A couple of hours earlier, the 2A defending state champion Lynden boys punched their ticket into the title game by punching out Pullman, 52-40, in their semifinal.
The Lyncs have the early championship game and will play undefeated LaSalle at 3 p.m.
The Lions have the late title game and will play Selah at 9 p.m.
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Three other Whatcom County teams played Friday in consolation action:
- The Lynden Christian boys, who suffered their first loss of the season Thursday, bounced back by clobbering Seattle Academy, 75-39. The Lyncs will play Bellevue Christian at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for fourth and sixth places in 1A.
- The Lynden girls also came back from a quarterfinal loss to beat Port Angeles, 48-33. The Lions will play Black Hills, also at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, for fourth and sixth places in 2A.
- And the Meridian girls had their season come to an end with a 50-47 overtime loss to Elma in the 1A tournament.
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.