Whatcom Hoops: Girls Week 8 Recap (Jan. 20-25)

With two weeks left in the regular season, most of the Whatcom County girls basketball teams were just trying to catch up after all the weather-related postponements.

While there were several games that affected the standings, the big showdowns for first place between highly ranked teams are still to come.

GAME OF THE WEEK: Nooksack Valley bounced back from a loss the day before that ended the Pioneers’ eight-game winning streak by starting a new winning streak with a 56-48 victory over Sehome on Saturday afternoon. But it wasn’t easy as the Mariners’ rallied in the second half to make it close.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Jenny Compton had 24 points, including going 7-for-9 from the free throw line, in Nooksack Valley’s big win over Sehome. … Keylie Hershey had 22 points, including four 3-pointers, in Lynden’s victory over Nooksack Valley, and teammate Ruby VanderHaak tossed in 18 points, including four more 3-pointers, in the Lions’ win over Squalicum. … Jamie Johnson collected 15 points as Ferndale defeated Mount Baker. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: Ferndale had a big week, beating Mount Baker on Monday, 74-31, as Kaelee Bungard tossed in 11 points; topping Meridian on Thursday, 45-31; and overcoming Anacortes on Saturday, 64-55.

Lynden Christian won all three of its games, knocking off Sehome on Tuesday, 66-32; Anacortes on Thursday, 56-24; and Bellingham on Saturday, 69-24. 

Lynden beat Squalicum, 61-23, on Tuesday, as Hershey scored 12 points and Liv Tjoelker added 10. The Lions then jumped to a 30-point first-quarter lead in overpowering Nooksack Valley on Friday, 73-30, with Tjoelker tossing in 13 points and VanderHaak adding 11 with another three 3-pointers.

Nooksack Valley beat Meridian on Tuesday, 54-32, behind 14 points from Compton and 11 from Kora Larsen; lost to Lynden on Friday, 73-30, despite Compton’s 12 points; and then beat Sehome on Saturday, 56-48, as Maya Galley and Hallie Kamphouse collected 8 points each.

Mount Baker lost to Ferndale on Monday, 74-31, despite Abby Yost’s 9 points, and fell to Burlington-Edison on Wednesday, 71-41. But the Mounties came back to beat Blaine on Friday, 52-20.

Sehome fell to Lynden Christian on Tuesday, 66-32; defeated city rival Squalicum on Friday, 42-37; and then lost to Nooksack Valley on Saturday, 56-48. Against the Pioneers, Aspen Garrison and Ava Lunny had 12 points each, and Kaylee Wilson tossed in 11, including three 3-pointers.

Bellingham lost to Burlington-Edison on Monday, 73-43; clobbered Lakewood on Friday, 59-23; and fell to Lynden Christian on Saturday, 69-24.

Blaine defeated Sedro-Woolley on Monday, 47-38, and lost to Mount Baker on Friday, 52-20.

Squalicum lost to Lynden on Tuesday, 61-23, despite Leah Austin’s 9 points, and then lost to city rival Sehome on Friday, 42-37.

Meridian had a difficult week, losing to Nooksack Valley on Tuesday, 54-32, despite Skyleigh James’s 8 points; falling to Ferndale on Thursday, 45-31; and dropping a non-league contest against La Conner on Saturday, 55-48. 

Lummi Nation earned an easy 1-0 victory when Orcas Christian forfeited their game on Wednesday, and the Lady Blackhawks took on their alumni on Saturday.

Week 8 Standings

 League   Overall
Lynden Christian 8 0 14 1
Lynden 7 0 14 0
Burlington-Edison 7 1 13 2
Ferndale 7 2 12 4
Nooksack Valley 6 2 12 3
Sehome 5 3 10 5
Meridian 3 4 6 8
Mount Baker 3 5 8 7
Anacortes 3 6 5 11
Bellingham 2 6 8 7
Blaine 2 6 5 10
Squalicum 2 6 3 10
Sedro-Woolley 1 7 5 10
Lakewood 0 8 2 13


 League   Overall
Lummi Nation 7 1 8 5
Grace Academy 7 2 12 3
Tulalip Heritage 6 3 7 7
Lopez 5 3 5 5
Cedar Park Christian (MLT) 3 6 4 9
Shoreline Christian 1 8 4 8
Orcas Christian 0 6 0 6


TOP GAMES: The Lynden Lions, the top-ranked 2A team in the state, will host crosstown rival Lynden Christian, the No.2-ranked 1A team in the state, in the Coaches vs. Cancer game on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. The Lions will then host Burlington-Edison, the No.8-ranked 2A team, on Saturday at 5:40 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 27: Mount Baker at Sedro-Woolley, Lynden at Lakewood, Lynden Christian at Nooksack Valley

Tuesday, Jan. 28: Blaine at Anacortes, Ferndale at Bellingham, Burlington-Edison at Sehome, Squalicum at Meridian, Shoreline Christian at Lummi Nation

Wednesday, Jan. 29: Meridian at Sedro-Woolley, Squalicum at Lummi Nation

Thursday, Jan. 30: Lynden Christian at Lynden, Bellingham at Blaine, Nooksack Valley at Squalicum, Lopez at Lummi Nation, Sehome at Lakewood

Friday, Jan. 31: Meridian at Mount Baker, Sedro-Woolley at Ferndale

Saturday, Feb. 1: Lynden Christian at Squalicum, Mount Baker at Bellingham, Lakewood at Nooksack Valley, Blaine at Sehome, Burlington-Edison 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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