Bellingham comes back in fourth to force OT, top Squalicum


Bellingham girls' basketball overcame some early adversity to capture a double-overtime win against Squalicum, 50-46, on Monday, Dec. 16, at Bellingham High School. The Red Raiders were led by Alyssa Porter's 14 points in the win.

"We had a couple things not go our way at the start and that led to some lows for us," Bellingham coach Ed Wissing said in a phone interview. "We felt that until the fourth and then our defensive intensity improved and keyed our offense."

Wissing was impressed with Joelle Zamora's play during the fourth-quarter comeback.

"She did good work in the post," he said. "She came out in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, but then when she was ready to go back in she hit a huge basket down the stretch. She only had three points before the injury."

Zamora finished with 11 points. The two teams combined for 111 rebounds in the game.

Bellingham plays next at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Lynden. Squalicum's next game is at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at home against Burlington-Edison.


Squalicum 8 14 11 5 8 - 46

Bellingham 11 6 9 13 12 - 50

Squalicum: Kayla Chang 0, Meghan Lowry 8, Sarah Hulbert 13, Kamea Pino 5, Bailey Molnar 3, Sydney Arndorfer 6, Shaunee Hooper 3, Sam Starr 8, Lissette Meza 0. Team totals: 17-53 11-23 46.

Bellingham: Carleen Syth 2, Jenn Paul 4, Ashley Spink 7, Abigail McLellan 4, Alicia Romero 4, Emily Benson xx, Chantelle Chen 2, Michaela Knutson 2, Joelle Zamora 11, Alyssa Porter 14. Team totals: 21-83 8-17 50.

3-ptg: Squalicum 1 (Hulbert 1), Bellingham 0 (n/a). Rebounds: Squalicum 51 (Lowry 12), Bellingham 60 (Romero 10). Assists: Squalicum 11 (Starr 3), Bellingham 8 (Porter 4). Fouls: Squalicum 16 (Fouled out: none), Bellingham 18 (Fouled out: Spink). Turnovers: Squalicum 24, Bellingham 18.

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