Emily Yost scored a game-high 22 points and the Mount Baker girls' basketball team limited Meridian to four second-half points, as the Mountaineers rolled to a 73-23 non-conference win against the Trojans Saturday, Dec. 8, in Deming.
Freshman Emily Brandland scored 15 points and collected a team-best seven rebounds, Rayedeen Engels added 11 points and Jessa Biasden scored nine points - on three 3-pointers - and handed out a team-high seven assists.
After losing all five starters to graduation, Mount Baker is 3-1 and Yost leads the Northwest Conference in scoring. Mountaineers coach Brenda Ellis credits the team's immediate success to talent and being able to face last year's starters every day in practice during the 2011-12 season.
"They are just a good group of players," Ellis said in a phone interview. "Those girls are a talented group. They went 17-1 last year (on JV), and they have been playing good together. They have a good rhythm."
Mount Baker plays host to Lynden next, while Meridian travels to face Blaine next. Both games start at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.
MOUNT BAKER 73, MERIDIAN 23
Meridian 5 14 4 0 - 23
Mount Baker 17 23 26 7 - 73
Mount Baker: Emily Brandland 15, Jessa Baisden 9, Taylor Leger 0, Emma Lallas 3, Korrinna Camacho 5, Jordan Fleming 4, Emily Yost 22, Rayedeen Engels 11, Emma Leigh Cline 6. Team totals: 29-73 11-15 73.
3-ptg: Mount Baker 6 (Baisden 3). Rebounds: Mount Baker 21 (Brandland 7). Assists: Mount Baker 19 (Baisden 7). Fouls: Mount Baker 15. Turnovers: Mount Baker 7.