Whatcom Hoops: Girls Week 4 Recap (Dec. 23-28)

Last week was all about the holidays — and for nine of our 11 schools that meant holiday tournaments, including the Blaine Holiday Tournament and the Cloud 9 Sports Lynden Christmas Classic at Lynden and Lynden Christian high schools.

The Lions and the Lyncs won both of their Cloud 9 games this weekend as did Bellingham in the Blaine tournament and Nooksack Valley in the Chelan Winter Tournament.

GAMES OF THE WEEK: The Cloud 9 Classic had a couple of classic games, including two buzzer-beaters. Libby Stump hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to give Lynden Christian a victory over Seattle Prep on Friday. Then on Saturday, King’s hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Meridian.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Kaylee Wilson had seven 3-pointers and 28 points in Sehome’s two tournament games. … Hannah Barlean, who suffered a concussion earlier this season, came back to lead Ferndale with 15 points in Saturday’s win over Gig Harbor. … Nooksack Valley’s Hallie Kamphouse had 20 points on Friday, three more than the entire Life Christian team. … Lynden Christian’s Lexi Hernandez had 18 points on Friday and Paige TeVelde had 20 on Saturday in Lynden Christian’s two victories. 

Check out the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page for photos from games involving Blaine, Lynden Christian and Meridian.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: Undefeated Lynden ran its winning streak to nine games with easy victories over Overlake and Montesano at the Cloud 9 tournament. The Lions finished on a 26-0 run Friday to run over Overlake, 73-16, as Keylie Hershey and Madison Canales each had 12 points, and Ruby VanderHaak and Liv Tjoelker had 10 each. On Saturday, the Lions took care of Montesano, 66-35.

Lynden Christian had a great weekend at the Cloud 9 tournament with two big wins over two big schools. On Friday, Stump had 12 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, as the Lyncs topped 3A Seattle Prep, 55-53. On Saturday, the Lyncs handed 2A Sequim its first loss of the season, 85-53, with five players scoring in double figures — TeVelde, Riley Dykstra (15), Emily Mellema (12), Alli Van Kooten (11) and Hernandez (10).

Bellingham notched a couple of wins at the Blaine tournament. The Red Raiders beat Lummi Nation, 55-30, on Friday as Adi McKay, Mazy Wright and Amya Cook had 10 points each. Then on Saturday, the Raiders edged University Prep, 48-44.

Nooksack Valley won the Chelan Winter Tournament by blasting Life Christian, 81-17, on Friday and edging host Chelan on Saturday, 46-38. Five Pioneers were in double figures on Friday, including Kamphouse, McKenna Wichers (14), Kora Larsen (13), Tehya Moore (12) and Jenna Compton (12). On Saturday, Larsen led the way with 13 points and Maya Galley added 10.

Ferndale split its two games at the Cloud 9 tournament, losing to Port Angeles on Friday, 60-53, and bouncing back with a 65-50 win over Gig Harbor on Saturday. Jamie Johnson had 14 points and Brianna Byrnes 12 for Ferndale on Friday. Barlean led four Golden Eagles in double figures on Saturday with Brianna Byrnes and Kaylee Bungard scoring 12 each and Jamie Johnson 10. 

Sehome split its two games at the Cloud 9 tournament, falling to then-undefeated Sequim on Friday, 63-60, and then swamping Overlake, 57-38, on Saturday. Ava Lunny had 17 points, Wilson 15 and Aspen Garrison 12 as the Mariners’ rally against Sequim fell short on Saturday. The Mariners hit seven 3-pointers against Overlake as Wilson and Garrison led the way with 13 points each.

Meridian split its two games at the Cloud 9 tournament, topping 3A Gig Harbor, 50-40, on Friday, and then coming from behind to tie King’s in the final seconds, only to lose at the buzzer, 54-51.

Blaine split its two games at its own tournament, which was played in the old Ken Waters gym. The Borderites had little trouble overcoming University Prep, 52-33, on Friday as sophomores Hailey Pike and Kristin Kamrath had 14 points each, and Taylyn DePauw had 12. On Saturday, the Borderites came up short against Renton, 41-37.

Lummi Nation fell to a pair of 2A teams at the Blaine tournament. The Lady Blackhawks lost to Bellingham, 55-34, on Friday despite the 8 points of Alayla Solomon. On Saturday, Lummi Nation went to the wire before losing to Lakewood, 27-25.

Mount Baker had the week off.

Squalicum had the week off.

Week 4 Standings


 League   Overall
Ferndale 2 0 7 2
Lynden 2 0 9 0
Lynden Christian 2 0 7 1
Meridian 2 0 5 3
Sehome 2 0 7 2
Anacortes 1 1 3 5
Burlington-Edison 1 1 5 2
Nooksack Valley 1 1 7 2
Squalicum 1 1 1 5
Bellingham 0 2 6 3
Blaine 0 2 3 6
Lakewood 0 2 2 6
Mount Baker 0 2 4 4
Sedro-Woolley 0 2 3 5


 League   Overall
Lummi Nation 4 0 4 3
Tulalip Heritage 3 1 3 3
Grace Academy 2 1 4 2
Lopez 2 1 2 3
Cedar Park Christian (MLT) 1 2 1 4
Shoreline Christian 1 4 3 4
Orcas Christian 0 4 0 4


TOP GAME: Sehome hosts Meridian on Friday in a game between two of the five teams that are 2-0 in the Northwest Conference.

Thursday, Jan. 2: Grace Academy at Lummi Nation

Friday, Jan. 3: Ferndale at Lakewood, Squalicum at Sedro-Woolley, Nooksack Valley at Bellingham, Meridian at Sehome, Moses Lake Christian at Lummi Nation

Saturday, Jan. 4: Burlington at Blaine, Mount Baker at Lynden Christian, Anacortes at Lynden

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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