Knutson leads late charge as Bellingham girls beat Squalicum


The Bellingham girls' basketball team broke out after sluggish first half for both teams and earned a 53-44 victory Monday, Jan. 13, at Squalicum High School in Northwest Conference action.

Michaela Knutson led the Red Raiders with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, most of which she hit in the second half. Squalicum coach Mark Wright characterized them as "painful" 3-pointers.

Alyssa Porter had 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Red Raiders, who improved to 8-5 overall and 2-3 in conference.

Meghan Lowry had 13 points and four assists for Squalicum, who fell to 6-6 overall and 1-3 in conference. Sarah Hulbert added 10 points for the Storm and Shaunee Hooper pulled down 15 rebounds.

Squalicum plays a 7:15 p.m. game Thursday, Jan. 16, at Blaine, and Bellingham is at Anacortes at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Both games are conference games.


Bellingham 9 6 19 19 - 53

Squalicum 7 9 12 16 - 44

Bellingham: Carleen Syth 0, Jenn Paul 5, Ashley Spink 4, Abigail McLellan 3, Alicia Romero 6, Chantelle Chen 0, Michaela Knutson 19, Joelle Zamora 5, Alyssa Porter 11. Team totals: 16-48 15-21 53.

Squalicum: Meghan Lowry 13, Sarah Hulbert 10, Ciera Gossage 0, Kamea Pino 6, Bailey Molnar 2, Sydney Arndorfer 5, Shaunee Hooper 2, Lissette Meza 6. Team totals: 13-54 15-23 44.

3-ptg: Bellingham 6 (Michaela Knutson 5), Squalicum 3 (Lissette Meza 2). Rebounds: Bellingham 37 (Alyssa Porter 8), Squalicum 45 (Shaunee Hooper 15). Assists: Bellingham 11 (Alyssa Porter 3), Squalicum 10 (Meghan Lowry 4, Kamea Pino 4). Fouls: Bellingham 19, Squalicum 19 (Hulbert). Turnovers: Bellingham 17, Squalicum 19.

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