Lynden girls' basketball couldn't overcome a height mismatch and physical play by Lake Stevens, as the Lions fell 55-45 Saturday, Dec. 14, at Lake Stevens High School. The Lions were led by Stephanie Somers' 16 points in the loss.
"Lake Stevens was a big, physical, strong team," Lynden coach Rob Adams said in a phone interview. "They had a lineup at one point of four six-footers and a guard, so it was a bit of a matchup problem for us."
Despite the odds being stacked against them, the Lions were able to keep the game close. Elisa Kooiman added 12 points for Lynden in the effort.
"Midway through the fourth we had cut the lead to five, but (Lake Stevens') Kalie Long hit a few free throws that kept us at bay," Adams said.
Adams was happy with his team's effort and happy to have the challenge of going up against Lake Stevens, a Class 4A state semifinalist last season.
"We knew we'd have to be on top of our game to hang around. I'm happy we got to face some adversity," he added.
Lynden plays next at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at home against Bellingham.
LAKE STEVENS 55, LYNDEN 45
Lynden 7 11 12 15 - 45
Lake Stevens 12 13 14 16 - 55
Lynden: Amanda Warner 1, Kira Nelson 0, Jasmyne Neria 4, Holly McKinley 2, Ashlyn Morgan 6, Elisa Kooiman 12, Kaitlyn Mark 4, Emily Holt 0, Stephanie Somers 16. Team totals: n./a-n/a n/a-n/a n/a.
Lake Stevens: Smith 0, Fifield 6, Glick 0, Reichert 5, Jacobson 9, Walton 4, VanDegriff 7, Long 18, Wilson 2. Team totals: n/a-n/a n/a-n/a n/a.
3-ptg: Lynden n/a (n/a), Lake Stevens n/a (n/a). Rebounds: Lynden n/a (n/a), Lake Stevens n/a (n/a). Assists: Lynden n/a (n/a), Lake Stevens n/a (n/a). Fouls: Lynden 15 (Fouled out: none), Lake Stevens n/a (Fouled out). Turnovers: Lynden n/a, Lake Stevens n/a.