LYNDEN - Lynden Christian's stifling defense gave Coupeville fits all night, leading to 19 turnovers and an easy 70-19 win Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the first round of the Class 1A District Tournament.
"To see so many people do great things on the floor; It's a really neat thing as a coach to experience," said coach Roger De Boer.
The Lyncs advanced into the second round, where they play Meridian.
Lynden Christian dominated the game from the tip, outscoring Coupeville 19-6 in the first quarter while forcing the Wolves into shooting just 2 of 14 from the field. The Lyncs, though, didn't shoot much better - just 4 of 13 from the field - but forced seven turnovers that led to several fast break opportunities and 10 free throw attempts.
"We did (full-court trap) to get the pressure on them and force turnovers," said Lynden Christian senior guard Truman Van Dalen. "We just focused on coming out a lot better because in our last game against Sehome, they kind of pushed us around, and we wanted to do to (Coupeville) what they did to us."
Van Dalen and the Lyncs levied the punishment in the second quarter, exploding for 22 points on 9 of 18 from the field. Coupeville, on the other hand, missed 9 of 10 shots and just managed three points in the quarter.
Van Dalen chipped in six of his game-high seven assists in the quarter including a half-court alley-oop to cutting senior Isaac Reimer for a two-handed dunk.
The two seniors made it look easy, both on the pass and the finish by the 6-foot, 8-inch Reimer.
"The one to Isaac, we've always ran it and he caught it and threw it down," Van Dalen said. "I just throw it up to him and he goes up to get it; it's a pretty easy job."
The guard delivered another perfect alley-oop pass after Nathan Meppelink slipped a back screen and finished with a layup in the same quarter.
But all theatrics aside, the Lyncs cruised after opening up a 41-9 lead heading into the half, outscoring Coupeville 29-10 in the third and fourth quarters. Lynden Christian's defense only allowed four baskets - two 3-pointers - in the entire second half, and out-rebounded the smaller Coupeville 29 to 14.
The underlying theme to this game was the balanced attack the Lyncs put on display. Six players scored seven points or more, and two others added five points. Reimer, the 2012 1A player of the year, tied for the team-high with 10 points, but De Boer said the team is better when he isn't the focal point of the offense.
"A lot of teams key on (Reimer), and it gives other guys more opportunities," De Boer said. "We have a lot of capable guys with names other than Isaac Reimer, and we want to make sure that we have the opportunity to let them (score)."
Reimer, though, was a presence on the defensive side of the ball, blocking four shots and grabbing eight rebounds.
Coupeville 6 3 8 2- 19
Lynden Christian 19 22 14 15- 70
Coupeville: Dalton Martin, Wiley Hesselgrave 2, Drew Chan, Morgan Payne, Anthony Bergeron 2, Joel Walstad, Josiah Campbell, Ben Etzell 10, Caleb Valko, Oscar Liquidano 3, Carson Risner, Nicholas Streubel 2, Team totals: 7-42, 1-6, 19.
LC: Blake Mellema 4, Nathan Meppelink 10, Zack Roetcisoender 8, Levi Vander Yacht 5, Truman Van Dalen 7, Daulton Hommes, Jamie Heystek 2, Grant Wolffis 5, Josh Hornstra 9, Dustin Brandsma 9, Willy Scholten 1, Isaac Reimer 10. Team totals: 27-53, 10-14 70
3-ptg: Coupeville 4 (Etzell 3), LC 6(Reimer 2). Rebounds: 14 Coupeville (Valko 4); LC 29 (Hornstra 9). Fouls: Coupeville 11, LC 12. Turnovers: Coupeville 19, LC 10.