Nooksack Valley survives Friday Harbor thanks to strong defense

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 13, 2014 

Nooksack Valley's girls' basketball team kept its season alive with a 34-30 win over Friday Harbor in the consolation first round of the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament, Thursday, Feb. 13, at Nooksack Valley High School.

The Pioneers were led by Mariah Perry's eight points in the defensive showdown.

"It became a defensive battle because both teams shot pretty poorly," Nooksack Valley coach Shane Wicher said in a phone interview. "We kind of gritted it out, that's what you have to do in close games."

The game was tied going in to the fourth quarter, but the Pioneers were able to pull away thanks to solid defense. Friday Harbor had 20 turnovers to Nooksack Valley's 17.

"In that fourth quarter a few people hit shots for us: Mariah (Perry), Taryn (Tenkley) and Arlissa Oettel," Wichers said. "Those were actually our only baskets in the second half."

Nooksack Valley takes on Mount Baker at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Mount Baker in the second consolation round of the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament.

NOOKSACK VALLEY 34, FRIDAY HARBOR 30

Friday Harbor 8 10 5 7 - 30

Nooksack Valley 8 11 4 11 - 34

Friday Harbor: Guard 7, Galt 9, Turnbol 0, Scheffer 0, Wood 0, Kincaid 5, Shanks 0, Keane 9. Team totals: 12-41 4-15 30.

Nooksack Valley: Arlissa Oettel 4, Taryn Tenkley 4, Lindsay Hayes 4, Mariah Perry 8, Emilia Gimmaka 4, Cheyanna Maxwell 5, Fiona Chapman 0, Brianna Turner 5. Team totals: 11-48 9-17 34.

3-ptg: Friday Harbor 2 (Guard, Kincaid 1), Nooksack Valley 3 (Perry 2). Rebounds: Friday Harbor 33 (n/a), Nooksack Valley 32 (Maxwell, Turner, Perry 6). Assists: Friday Harbor n/a (n/a), Nooksack Valley 10 (Hayes, Perry, Maxwell 3). Fouls: Friday Harbor 16 (Fouled out: Keane), Nooksack Valley 17 (Fouled out: Turner). Turnovers: Friday Harbor 20, Nooksack Valley 17.

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