PREP GIRLS' BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Lynden Lions

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 7, 2013 

LYNDEN

LIONS

Coach: Rob Adams

Last year: Finished 7-5 in the NWC, good for fifth in the conference after posting an overall record of 13-10. ... Went 1-2 in the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament, losing to Sehome 52-47 to end the Lions' season. ... Had an offense that produced 46.9 points per game last season, which ranked fifth amongst all NWC teams.

Players to watch: Stephanie Somers (Sr., Guard); Kaitlyn Mark (Jr., Guard); Mandy Warner (Jr., Guard)

Outlook: Lynden's coach, Rob Adams, made one thing clear: "We're not going to be the tallest team in the county by any means." He has a strong group of guards, though, especially with senior guard Stephanie Somers leading the way. Somers, who signed with Division-I Idaho State University before the season began, should pace an offense that can push the ball up the court with a faster tempo than the Lions have run in seasons past. "We're going to have to learn to take what the opponents give us," Adams said. In the same breath, Adams noted that with the increased tempo, his team is going to have to be mindful of not turning the ball over, and much of that will fall on the other guards who will dominate the ball other than Somers. One of those guards will be junior Kaitlyn Mark, who Adams expects big things from. "We're going to be relentless," Adams said.

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Dec. 9 Anacortes 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 13 at Sehome 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 14 at Lake Stevens 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 17 Mount Baker 5:40 p.m.

Dec. 19 Bellingham 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 27 at Sonoma, Calif 10:30 a.m.

Dec. 28 Cactus Jam TBD

Dec. 30 Cactus Jam TBD

Jan. 3 at Squalicum 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 6 Burlington-Edison 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 10 at Anacortes 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 11 at White River 4 p.m.

Jan. 13 Nooksack Valley 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 17 at Lynden Christian 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 23 at Mount Baker 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 28 Sehome 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 31 Blaine 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 3 at Ferndale 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 6 Meridian 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 11 Sedro-Woolley 7:15 p.m.

2013-14 ROSTER

No. Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

2 Amanda Warner Jr. G 5-5

3 Kira Nelson Jr. G 5-8

5 Jasmyne Neria Fr. G 5-7

10 Holly McKinley Sr. G 5-5

11 Ashlyn Morgan Sr. P 5-10

22 Elisa Kooiman Fr. G 5-10

23 Kaitlyn Mark Jr. G 5-10

25 Emily Holt So. G 5-5

33 Stephanie Somers Sr. G 5-11

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