The regular season wrapped up last week with lots of important games both in the Northwest Conference standings and in seeding for the upcoming district tournaments.
Be sure to check out WhatcomHoops.com on Monday for the district previews as well as all the coverage for our Class 1B, 1A, 2A, and 3A teams as they begin their playoff runs.
GAME OF THE WEEK: While there were a lot of victories for Whatcom County teams last week, the most exciting game might have been Lummi Nation’s loss to Mount Vernon Christian in the Class 1B district semifinals on Saturday. A heavy underdog, the Lady Blackhawks scored 30 points in the final quarter to put a scare in the Hurricanes before falling, 51-48.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Freshman Raven Solomon had 31 points in Lummi Nation’s district semifinal against Mount Vernon Christian on Saturday. She had 20 points in the Lady Blackhawks district opener on Thursday against Cedar Park Christian (Mountlake Terrace). … Lynden Christian’s Emily Mellema had 18 points in the Lyncs’ victory over Meridian. … Liv Tjoelker had 18 points and 3 steals in Lynden’s victory over Meridian.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: Lynden won all three of its games in impressive fashion, beating Blaine on Tuesday, 63-30; Meridian on Wednesday, 66-44; and Ferndale on Friday, 66-42. Against the Borderites, Keylie Hershey had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists; Tjoelker and Ruby VanderHaak had 12 points each; and Faith Baar had 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Against the Trojans, Hershey and VanderHaak had 12 points each, VanderHaak’s coming on 4-of-4 3-point shooting, and Anna VanderYacht added 8 points and 3 rebounds.
Lummi Nation wrapped up its regular season on Tuesday with a 51-35 loss to Grace Academy despite 16 points from Alayla Solomon and 10 from Raven Solomon. The Lady Blackhawks then entered Class 1B District 1 play, beating Cedar Park Christian (Mountlake Terrace) on Thursday, 64-29, thanks to 12 points each from Alayla Solomon and Shaylynn Jojola, and losing to sixth-ranked Mount Vernon Christian on Saturday, 51-48.
Lynden Christian defeated Meridian on Monday, 70-27, thanks to 13 points from Lexi Hernandez, and then put on a defensive show with a 61-16 victory over Lakewood on Thursday.
Nooksack Valley lost to Burlington-Edison on Tuesday, 64-53, despite 12 points from McKenna Wichers, and 10 each from Maya Galley and Kora Larsen. The Pioneers then held Blaine to 3 points in the first quarter on the way to beating the Borderites on Thursday, 56-41. Galley led the Pioneers with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and Jenna Compton added 9 points.
Mount Baker split its final two regular-season games, defeating Anacortes on Monday, 53-46, and falling to Sehome on Wednesday, 46-44.
Ferndale defeated Sehome on Monday, 73-39, and dropped its regular-season finale to Lynden, 66-42.
Sehome also split its last two regular-season games, falling to Ferndale on Monday, 73-39, and beating Mount Baker on Wednesday, 46-44.
Bellingham notched a pair of victories, beating Sedro-Woolley on Tuesday, 71-50, and losing to Meridian on Thursday, 49-38.
Meridian lost to Lynden Christian on Monday, 70-27, and to Lynden on Wednesday, 66-44. The Trojans bounced back to beat Bellingham, 49-38, on Thursday and then defeated Sultan, 65-34, in a play-in game on Saturday to advance to the Class 1A District 1 tournament.
Blaine lost to Lynden on Tuesday, 63-30, and to Nooksack Valley on Thursday, 56-41, despite 12 points from Hailey Pike and 9 from Krystin Kamrath.
Squalicum clobbered Lakewood on Tuesday, 53-23, and ended its season with a 71-37 loss to Burlington-Edison on Friday
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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.