Nooksack Valley's girls' basketball team came up just seven points short of keeping its season alive in the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Eatonville. The Pioneers fell 50-43 to Eatonville in a first-round, loser-out game, as Eatonville's Kaelyn Boss exploded for 30 points.
"The third quarter hurt us. They played a bit of a zone, got in the passing lanes and we had a hard time hitting shots," Nooksack Valley coach Shane Wichers said in a phone interview. "Boss hit shots when she was open and had a bunch of steals, too."
Nooksack Valley scored just three points in the third quarter, but was only down 10 going into the fourth quarter.
Cheyanna Maxwell led the Pioneers with 14 points. Brianna Turner added six points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Seniors Maxwell, Taryn Tenkley, Lindsay Hayes, Fiona Chapman and Julie Campos played their final game for Nooksack Valley.
"In their last game they gave it all they had. We fought to the very end," Wichers said. "As a team we knew we could come back. This team is remarkable; they believe in each other and were cheering each other on."
EATONVILLE 50, NOOKSACK VALLEY 43
Nooksack Valley 13 11 3 16 - 43
Eatonville 14 10 13 13 - 50
Nooksack Valley: Arlissa Oettel 1, Taryn Tenkley 5, Lindsay Hayes 6, Julie Campos 0, Mariah Perry 4, Emilia Gimmaka 7, Cheyanna Maxwell 14, Fiona Chapman 0, Brianna Turner 6. Team totals: 12-32 14-21 43.
Eatonville: Kaelyn Boss 30, Schoepf 2, Godwin 0, Vandendoom 0, Pate 3, Boettcher 0, Brankline 15. Team totals: 17-49 13-19 50.
3-ptg: Nooksack Valley 5 (Maxwell 2), Eatonville 3 (Boss 2). Rebounds: Nooksack Valley 18 (Turner 8), Eatonville 20 (n/a). Assists: Nooksack Valley 8 (Perry 4), Eatonville n/a (n/a). Fouls: Nooksack Valley 12 (Fouled out: none), Eatonville 18 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: Nooksack Valley 27, Eatonville 16.