Blaine girls' defense stops Bellingham


Alexis McElwain scored 22 points to lead Blaine girls' basketball to a 54-31 win over Bellingham in a Northwest Conference matchup Thursday, Jan. 9, at Bellingham High School.

The Red Raiders were led by Alyssa Porter's eight points and nine rebounds, both game-highs for Bellingham.

"Blaine applied some good on-ball pressure and we also expected to shoot the ball better," Bellingham coach Ed Wissing said in a phone interview. "They crashed the boards extremely well and got themselves second and third chances."

Blaine's defensive pressure forced 20 Bellingham turnovers. The Red Raiders fall to 7-5 overall and 1-3 in NWC play.

Taylor V'Dovec added 10 points for Blaine. The Borderites improve to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in the NWC.

Bellingham's next game is at Squalicum at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. Blaine plays next at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Ferndale.


Blaine 12 16 10 16 - 54

Bellingham 9 8 8 6 - 31

Blaine: Breanna Chau 4, Olivia Olason 8, Alexis McElwain 22, Mikayla Deming 4, Kjirstin Larson 0, Rhiana Breedlove 0, Taylor V'Dovec 10, Mandy Hayes 6. Team totals: 54.

Bellingham: Carleen Syth 1, Jenn Paul 4, Ashley Spink 4, Abigail McLellan 4, Kylie Clark 0, Sarabeth Pemble 0, Alicia Romero 0, Emily Benson 2, Chantelle Chen 2, Michaela Knutson 0, Joelle Zamora 6, Alyssa Porter 8. Team totals: 10-45 8-16 31.

3-ptg: Blaine 0, Bellingham 1 (Abigail McLellan 1). Rebounds: Blaine n/a. Bellingham 19 (Alyssa Porter 5). Assists: Blaine n/a, Bellingham 3 (Knutson, Zamora, Porter). Fouls: Blaine 17, Bellingham 11. Turnovers: Blaine n/a, Bellingham 20.

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