Big first half boosts Bellingham girls to win


Bellingham's girls' basketball team notched a win over Lakewood 41-23 on Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Prostock Winter Classic in Mount Vernon. Alyssa Porter led the Red Raiders to the win with 19 points and six rebounds - both team highs.

"The players have gotten better at recognizing who is making the higher percentage of shots," Bellingham coach Ed Wissing said in a phone interview. "Alyssa played a fair amount in the low post tonight and scored from there. Because she's so fast, other teams put smaller players on her, so she has a natural advantage getting the ball in the post."

Wissing added that Bellingham played at its up-tempo pace, which it prefers to a slower game. He wasn't happy with the way the Red Raiders played in the second half, as the Cougars kept pace in scoring for the half. In the first half, Bellingham outscored Lakewood 27-9.

Bellingham's next game is at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, at home against Lynden Christian.


Lakewood 3 6 8 6 - 23

Bellingham 13 14 9 5 - 41

Lakewood: Storm 0, Neer 3, Malakowsai 0, Blair 7, Katalini 0, Hammond 1, Ellington 1, Dvrok 9, Jones 2. Team totals: n/a-n/a 7-16 23.

Bellingham: Kylie Clark 3, Sarabeth Pemble 0, Alicia Romero 4, Emily Benson 5, Chantelle Chen 2, Michaela Knutson 5, Joelle Zamora 3, Paige Jacobsen 0, Alyssa Porter 19. Team totals: 12-42 14-24 41.

3-ptg: Lakewood 0 (n/a), Bellingham 3 (Clark, Knutson, Zamora 1). Rebounds: Lakewood n/a (n/a), Bellingham 30 (Romero, Porter 6). Assists: Lakewood n/a (n/a), Bellingham 4 (Pemble 2). Fouls: Lakewood 21 (Fouled out: Malakowsai), Bellingham 16 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: Lakewood n/a, Bellingham 17.

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