Meridian bounces back with win over La Conner

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 22, 2014 

Meridian boys' basketball rebounded from a tough loss on Tuesday, Jan. 21, with a 51-37 win over La Conner on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at La Conner. The Trojans were led by Alex Martin's 12 points.

Blake Briones had 11 points, and Nick Rautenberg added nine points, a game-high 10 rebounds and three steals for Meridian.

"(Rautenberg) is a blue-collar guy off the bench. He's not the biggest guy, but he's doing good things off the bench," Meridian coach Shane Stacy said in a phone interview. "Jake Plagerman played a solid game and took some good shots. He's one of our leaders defensively, along with Blake (Briones)."

Plagerman had seven points, and Sam Chambers had eight more.

Meridian plays next at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at home against Blaine.

MERIDIAN 51, LA CONNER 37

Meridian 12 19 11 9 - 51

La Conner 11 12 6 8 - 37

Meridian: Jake Plagerman 7, Tanner Tutterow 0, Brady Moore 0, Nick Rautenberg 9, Alex Martin 12, Sam Chambers 8, Kyle Young 4, Derek Campfield 0, Cody Bachman 0, Dan Young 0, Devyn Holmes 0, Blake Briones 11. Team totals: 20-53 8-11 51.

La Conner: Finley 3, Kreuger 12, Hulbert 3, Zavala 13, Sherman 6, James 0, Hanson 0, Swanson 0. Team totals: 13-35 6-12 37.

3-ptg: Meridian 3 (Martin 2), La Conner 5 (Kreuger 4). Rebounds: Meridian 27 (Rautenberg 10), La Conner 25 (Sherman, Zavala 6). Assists: Meridian 15 (Briones, Martin 4), La Conner 9 (Kreuger 3). Fouls: Meridian 11 (Fouled out: none), La Conner 11 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: Meridian 14, La Conner 24.

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