Blaine's girls' basketball team completed its comeback with just 5 minutes, 45 seconds to go in the game, and held off Bellevue Christian for a 44-41 win in the first round of the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Bellevue Christian.
The Borderites were led by Alexis McElwain's 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Blaine coach Ryan Pike said she was clutch down the stretch.
"It seemed like in the big moments when we needed the ball, she came up with it," Pike said in a phone interview. "It took us a long time to get over the hump. Our defense was fantastic, but our shots weren't falling most of the game."
After going down 14-6 in the first quarter, Blaine started slowly chipping away at the Bellevue Christian lead. By the fourth quarter, they were ready to go for the win.
"We sat down to start the fourth and said, 'Who wants it more?' We decided we did," Pike said. "They only hit one field goal in the fourth and five in the second half, the rest of their points were off of free throws. Keeping them from hitting a lot of field goals in the second was the big thing."
Blaine takes on Eatonville in the fifth-place game of the Tri-District Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:15 p.m. at Lynnwood High School.
BLAINE 44, BELLEVUE CHRISTIAN 41
Blaine 6 10 15 13 - 44
Bellevue Christian 14 5 13 9 - 41
Blaine: Breanna Chau 6, Olivia Olason 2, Alexis McElwain 17, Mikayla Deming 0, Rhiana Breedlove 0, Taylor V'Dovec 17, Mandy Hayes 2. Team totals: 16-53 12-16 44.
Bellevue Christian: Osborne 6, Vitalone 6, Berg 9, McQuaid 2, Knight 7, Williams 9, Vandenbrink 2. Team totals: 12-36 14-18 41.
3-ptg: Blaine 0 (n/a), Bellevue Christian 3 (Berg 2). Rebounds: Blaine 38 (McElwain 12), Bellevue Christian 29 (n/a). Assists: Blaine 10 (Chau, Olason 3), Bellevue Christian 9 (n/a). Fouls: Blaine 14 (Fouled out: none), Bellevue Christian 17 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: Blaine 12, Bellevue Christian 18.