Lynden Christian girls use height to top Bellingham


Lynden Christian girls' basketball scored a 59-38 victory thanks to 28 Bellingham turnovers Thursday, Jan. 2, at Lynden Christian. The Lyncs were led by Kara Bajema's 14 points in the win.

"Lynden Christian's pressure in the second quarter did a number on us," Bellingham coach Ed Wissing said in a phone interview. "They also exploited their size mismatch well and their posts worked hard to get good position."

Bellingham was led by Alyssa Porter's 18 points. Wissing said having Porter out for the second quarter with an injury helped key the Lyncs' big 31-12 lead at halftime.

"One of the things we changed (at halftime) was getting into a zone defense to limit their posts' looks," Wissing said of the Red Raiders winning the third quarter 15-13. "Also in the third it was the Alyssa Porter show. ... They weren't getting blocks on her because she's so quick and she took over offensively."

Michaela Knutson added 12 points for Bellingham. Lynden Christian's Morgan Van Kooten had 12 and Karley De Jager added 10 more.

Lynden Christian's next game is at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at home against Mount Baker. Bellingham plays next at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Meridian.


Lynden Christian 10 21 13 15 - 59

Bellingham 6 6 15 11 - 38

Lynden Christian: Makayla Lancaster 1, Haley Hollander 0, Kara Bajema 14, Courtney Hollander 4, Sally Vlas 8, Kassidy Aldrich 2, Karley De Jager 10,Sara Dougan 8, Morgan Van Kooten 12. Team totals: n/a-n/a 8-12 59.

Bellingham: Carleen Syth 0, Kylie Clark 0, Sarabeth Pemble 0, Alicia Romero 2, Emily Benson 2, Chantelle Chen 2, Michaela Knutson 12, Joelle Zamora 2, Alyssa Porter 18. Team totals: 12-31 11-15 38.

3-ptg: Lynden Christian 1 (Vlas 1), Bellingham 3 (Knutson 2). Rebounds: Lynden Christian n/a (n/a), Bellingham 23 (Romero 5). Assists: Lynden Christian n/a (n/a), Bellingham 7 (Porter 2). Fouls: Lynden Christian 17 (Fouled out: none), Bellingham 13 (Fouled out: Zamora). Turnovers: Lynden Christian 15, Bellingham 28.

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