Nothing is pretty nor easy playing in the low post, but as the girls' basketball season wares on, the predominant scorers are being found not along the perimeter, but in the paint.
Mount Baker's Emily Yost leads the Northwest Conference in scoring with 23.8 points per game entering play Tuesday, Jan. 21, including 10 times going for at least 18 points. Ferndale's Linsey Honeycutt, who also does much of her damage near the rim, is second in the league with 18.3 points per game.
Other elite scoring threats in the NWC, including Blaine's Taylor V'Dovec (14.6 points per game), Lynden's Stephanie Somers (13.5) and Elisa Kooiman (14.7), and Meghan Lowry of Squalicum (14.9) have consistently shown an ability to score within several feet of the basket whether by traditional low-post moves or driving and penetrating.
Regardless, it comes as no surprise that the teams that sit atop the NWC (Lynden Christian, Ferndale, Blaine and Lynden) all have players that can score within five feet of the rim, and in the case of the Lyncs, they have players in 6-foot-3 Sara Dougan and 6-foot Kara Bajema that can protect it, too.
This weeks girls' basketball schedule
Tuesday, Jan. 21
Lummi at Tulalip Heritage (5 p.m.); Nooksack Valley at Squalicum (7:15 p.m.); Lynden Christian at Ferndale (7:15 p.m.); Mount Baker at Burlington-Edison (7:15 p.m.).
Thursday, Jan. 23
Burlington-Edison at Anacortes (7:15 p.m.); Lynden at Mount Baker (7:15 p.m.).
Friday, Jan. 24
Bellingham at Sehome (5:40 p.m.); Meridian at Blaine (7:15 p.m.); Ferndale at Nooksack Valley (7:15 p.m.); Squalicum at Sedro-Woolley (7:15 p.m.).
Saturday, Jan. 25
Friday Harbor at Lynden Christian (12:30 p.m.); Lummi alumni game (5:30 p.m.).