Borderites cruise, advance to third-place game

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 14, 2014 

BLAINE 50, COUPEVILLE 40

Blaine's girls' basketball team wasn't ready for its season to be over and strolled to a 50-40 win over Coupeville in the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament on Friday, Feb. 14, at Blaine.

The Borderites jumped out to a 16-7 lead by utilizing the high-pressure defense and were able to pull their starters in the fourth quarter to rest up for the rest of the tournament.

"Both teams were real tired from playing last night," Blaine coach Ryan Pike said in a phone interview. "We stretched out our legs by pressing."

Taylor V'Dovec led the Borderites with 19 points, but Mandy Hayes was the star of the night for Blaine, as she scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and tallied five assists.

"Mandy did a great job of distributing the ball," Pike said. "As a team, we were fantastic. We made the extra pass to find the open person."

The Borderites recorded 15 assists in the game, led by Hayes and Olivia Olason with five apiece.

Blaine took out its starters in the fourth quarter to rest them for the next game. The Borderites play Nooksack Valley on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Mountlake Terrace High School in the third-place game. Win or lose, they have already secured a spot in the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament.

"It's tough to get a good game plan in a tournament like this. We just have to come out and play our brand of basketball - play hard defense, and take quality shots," Pike said.

BLAINE 50, COUPEVILLE 40

Coupeville 7 9 6 18 - 40

Blaine 16 12 17 5 - 50

Coupeville: Fabrizi 19, Messner 3, Myers 4, Stasburg 4, Stone 10. Team totals: 15-48 6-10 40.

Blaine: Breanna Chau 9, Olivia Olason 2, Alexis McElwain 3, Mikayla Deming 2, Kjirstin Larson 2, Rhiana Breedlove 5, Taylor V'Dovec 19, Mandy Hayes 8. Team totals: 20-51 7-12 50.

3-ptg: Coupeville 4 (Fabrizi 3), Blaine 3 (Chau 2). Rebounds: Coupeville 23, Blaine 32 (Hayes 7). Assists: Coupeville 5, Blaine 15 (Olason, Hayes 5). Fouls: Coupeville 12 (Fouled out: none), Blaine 14 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: Coupeville 23, Blaine 15.

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