Bellingham's boys' basketball team used a 22-point second quarter to take the lead and beat Nooksack Valley 67-56 on Friday, Dec 13, at Nooksack Valley High School.
A slow-paced game at the start turned in to a race down the court in the second quarter, and the Red Raiders took full advantage.
"Bellingham missed a lot of shots in the first quarter," Nooksack coach Tyler Mitchell said in a phone interview. "In the second they started making them and upped their tempo. They got going up and down the court."
Bellingham was led by Tristan Hurley and Kailen Hayes, who both had 15 points. Nooksack's Connor Beard responded with 19 and Noah Rawls added 14, but it wasn't enough in the up-and-down game.
"My guys did a nice job," Mitchell said. "They worked hard the whole night and gave it everything they had. There was great effort from a lot of guys."
The highlight for the Pioneers was getting to the line 28 times and sinking 21 of them - a part of the game Nooksack excels at, Mitchell said.
The Red Raiders (3-1) face Marysville-Getchel on Saturday, Dec. 14, at home. The Pioneers (0-4) go on the road to face Sedro-Woolley on Monday, Dec. 16.
BELLINGHAM 67, NOOKSACK VALLEY 56
Bellingham 8 22 20 17 - 67
Nooksack Valley 11 19 11 15 - 56
Bellingham: Tristan Hurley 15, Amari Franklin 9, Eddie Haywood 0, Dante Check 3, Kyle Hofstetter 7, Ryan Fox 12, Kailen Hayes 15, Josh Grimm 2, Jakob Chamberlain 4. Team totals: 25-62 13-20 67.
Nooksack Valley: Tanner Myhre 7, Connor Beard 19, Noah Rawls 14, Aaron Bosscher 8, Eben Rossmiller 4, Josh Gimmaka 3, Seth Taron 1. Team totals: 16-50 21-28 56.
3-ptg: Bellingham 5 (Ryan Fox 2), Nooksack Valley 3 (Noah Rawls 2). Rebounds: Bellingham 35 (Kailen Hayes 12), Nooksack Valley 27 (Eben Rossmiller 6). Assists: Bellingham n/a, Nooksack Valley 9 (Rossmiller 5). Fouls: Bellingham 24, Nooksack Valley 17 (Tanner Mhyre). Turnovers: Bellingham 21, Nooksack Valley 17.