PREP GIRLS' BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Bellingham Red Raiders

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 7, 2013 

BELLINGHAM

RED RAIDERS

Coach: Ed Wissing

Last year: Bellingham finished with a 5-7 record in the NWC, good for eighth place. The Red Raiders posted an 11-12 record overall. ... Lost both its games in the 2A District Tournament to Cedarcrest and Lake Washington.

Players to watch: Ashley Spink (Sr., Guard); Alyssa Porter (Sr., Guard); Joella Zamora (Jr., Guard)

Outlook: What the Red Raiders lack in size, coach Ed Wissing is planning on making up in shear speed and tempo. "We're athletic and not super tall," he said. "We try to do almost everything full court." Bellingham is going to rely on a group of speedy guards, including seniors Ashley Spink and Alyssa Porter, to push the ball up the court and simply out run other teams. With that lack of size, though, the Red Raiders know they are slightly vulnerable to other teams in the NWC that boast tall posts who can score close to the basket. "Well, we're going to try to defend aggressively," Wissing said. Wissing is hoping his team's up-tempo style of offense will also translate defensively, forcing teams into turnovers and poor shots.

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Dec. 3 at Sehome W, 51-37

Dec. 5 Anacortes 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 10 Meridian 7:15 p.m.

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

Dec. 14 at Marysville-Getchell 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 16 Squalicum 7:15 p.m.

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

Dec. 27 at Oak Harbor 2 p.m.

Dec. 28 at Lakewood 2 p.m.

Jan. 2 Lynden Christian 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 7 at Meridian 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 9 Blaine 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 13 at Squalicum 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 17 at Anacortes 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 20 at Sedro-Woolley 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 24 Sehome 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 30 Ferndale 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 31 Burlington-Edison 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 4 at Nooksack Valley 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 7 Mount Baker 7:15 p.m.

2013-14 ROSTER

No. Name Year Pos. Height

1 Carleen Syth Sr. Forward 5-9

2 Jenn Paul Sr. Guard 5-7

3 Ashley Spink Sr. Post/Guard 5-8

5 Abby McLellan Sr. Guard 5-3

10 Kylie Clark So. Post 5-5

11 Sarabeth Pemble Jr. Post/Guard 5-11

12 Alicia Romero Sr. Post 5-9

15 Emily Benson So. Post 5-5

21 Chantelle Chen Sr. Post 5-3

23 Michaela Knutson Sr. Guard 5-7

24 Joella Zamora Jr. Guard 5-9

32 Alyssa Porter Sr. Guard 5-9

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