PREP GIRLS' BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Blaine Borderites

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 7, 2013 

BLAINE

BORDERITES

Coach: Ryan Pike

Last year: Finished in fourth place in the NWC last year with a 9-3 conference record, and a 20-7 record overall. ... Went 3-1 at districts en route to defeating Port Townsend at Eatonville at Tri-Districts to earn a berth to the Class 1A State Tournament regional round. ... Allowed just 37.6 points per game last season while averaging 47.3 on the offensive end.

Players to watch: Alexis McElwain (Sr., Forward); Taylor V'Dovec (Jr., Forward); Breanna Chau (Jr., Guard)

Outlook: Coach Ryan Pike has good reason to be optimistic entering the 2013-14 season, seeing as how he didn't lose a single player off a team that made it to the state tournament last year. With that said, though, the key for the Borderites this year is getting over the hump and making it to the final eight, Pike said. "We're going to adjust some things here and there," Pike said. Size and strength was apparent for Blaine last year, as it held opposing teams to just 37.6 points per game last season. Senior Alexis McElwain and junior Taylor V'Dovec, who stand 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11, respectively, provide a tall barrier for other teams to try to shoot over. "(Alexis) does a lot of the dirty work," Pike said. "We're going to try to move Taylor out from underneath the basket and use her speed." Both bring a dynamic presence to an already strong Borderite team.

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Dec. 6 at Sedro-Woolley 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 7 at Concrete 4 p.m.

Dec. 10 at Mount Baker 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 13 Ferndale 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 17 at Meridian 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 19 at Lynden Christian 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 27 at Cashmere 3 p.m.

Dec. 28 Brewster 1:30 p.m.

Jan. 3 at Nooksack Valley 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 6 Anacortes 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 9 at Bellingham 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 14 at Ferndale 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 16 Squalicum 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 20 at Sehome 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 24 Meridian 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 28 Mount Baker 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 31 at Lynden 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 1 at Friday Harbor 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 4 Sedro-Woolley 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 7 Burlington-Edison 7:15 p.m.

2013-14 ROSTER

No. Name Year Pos. Height

4 Gretchen Kordas Jr. Guard 5-6

5 Breanna Chau Jr. Guard 5-5

10 Olivia Olason Sr. Guard 5-8

13 Alexis McElwain Sr. Forward 5-9

14 Emily Roe Jr. Guard 5-7

20 Mikayla Deming Jr. Forward 5-10

21 Kjirstin Larson So. Forward 5-9

23 Mandy Hayes Jr. Guard 5-8

33 Rhiana Breedlove Sr. Guard 5-6

34 Taylor V'Dovec Jr. Forward 5-11

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