Mark leads Lynden girls over Bellingham


Lynden girls' basketball defeated Bellingham 56-39 behind Kaitlyn Mark's 20-point outburst on Thursday, Dec. 19, at Lynden High School. Stephanie Somers also had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Lions.

"Bellingham came out with a great gameplan: they played a lot of full-court pressure and sped up the game on us in the first half," Lynden coach Rob Adams said in a phone interview. "Even though we were ahead (at halftime) we were in too big of a rush."

In the second half Lynden was able to slow down and outscore Bellingham 30-19 for the rest of the game. Joelle Zamora led the Red Raiders with 17 points and all four of the team's 3-pointers. Alyssa Porter also had 14 points and led Bellingham in rebounds.

Lynden's next game is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, against Sonoma, from California, for the Cactus Jam in Tempe, Ariz. Bellingham plays next at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, against Lakewood at Mount Vernon High School for the Prostock Winter Classic.


Bellingham 12 8 9 10 - 39

Lynden 11 15 17 13 - 56

Bellingham: Carleen Syth 0, Jenn Paul 4, Ashley Spink 3, Abigail Alicia Romero 1, Chantelle Chen 0, Michaela Knutson 0, Joelle Zamora 17, Alyssa Porter 14. Team totals: 14-45 7-12 39.

Lynden: Amanda Warner 4, Kira Nelson 2, Jasmyne Neria 2, Holly McKinley 1, Ashlyn Morgan 2, Elisa Kooiman 12, Kaitlyn Mark 20, Emily Holt 0, Stephanie Somers 13. Team totals: 24-54 4-7 56.

3-ptg: Bellingham 4 (Zamora 4), Lynden 4 (Kooiman 2). Rebounds: Bellingham 20 (n/a), Lynden 37 (Somers 9). Assists: Bellingham 11 (Paul 3), Lynden 13 (Kooiman 7). Fouls: Bellingham 9 (Fouled out: none), Lynden 10 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: Bellingham 12, Lynden 14.

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