Defense guides Pioneers past Cubs


The Nooksack Valley girls' basketball team defeated Sedro-Woolley 45-28 on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Sedro-Woolley in a Northwest Conference matchup.

The Pioneers got 13 points and three assists from Mariah Perry, and Emilia Gimmaka added nine points.

Nooksack Valley held the Cubs to 8-of-39 shooting in the game, and it never allowed them to score more than seven points in any one quarter.

"I thought defensively we did a real nice job," Pioneers coach Shane Wichers said in a phone interview. "We held them to three baskets in the first half, and for the game they only made three 2-pointers. We're really happy with our defense heading into the postseason."

Nooksack Valley finished the regular season 14-6 overall, 6-6 in the NWC. The Pioneers open against Blaine in the first round of the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament at Blaine at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11.


Nooksack Valley 13 11 8 13 -45

Sedro-Woolley 7 7 7 7 - 28

Nooksack Valley: Taryn Tenkley 7, Lindsay Hayes 5, Mariah Perry 13, Emilia Gimmaka 9, Cheyanna Maxwell 4, Fiona Chapman 2, Brianna Turner 3, Lacey Johnson 2. Team totals: 13-21 14-53 45.

Sedro-Woolley: Bridgette Janicki 7, Emily Van Liew Jr. 0, Maria Johnson Sr. 1, Tianna Langdon 5, Jenelle Rose 5, Tiffany Matthews 3, Ali Blanton 0, Adrianna Ortiz 0, Mikayela Nutting 7. Team totals: 7-13 8-39 28.

3-ptg: Nooksack Valley 4 (Perry 2), Sedro-Woolley 5 (Rose, Langdon, Matthews, Janicki, Nutting 1). Rebounds: Nooksack Valley 30 (Turner 9), Sedro-Woolley 27 (NA). Assists: Nooksack Valley 11 (Hayes, Perry 3), Sedro-Woolley NA (NA). Fouls: Nooksack Valley 14 (NA), Sedro-Woolley 17 (Van Liew fouled out). Turnovers: Nooksack Valley 17, Sedro-Woolley 21.

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