Lynden-Olympic basketball capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 28, 2014 

Nickname: Lions

Enrollment: 592

League: Northwest Conference

District: 1 (finished first in bi-district tournament)

State appearances: 10 (17-17)

State titles: 1

Coach: Rob Adams

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Amanda Warner G Jr. 5-5 4.9

Elisa Kooiman G Fr. 5-10 14.6

Kaitlyn Mark G/P Jr. 5-10 7.3

Stephanie Somers G/P Sr. 5-11 13

Ashlyn Morgan G Sr. 5-10 5.9

Scouting the Lions: Coach Rob Adams relies heavily on the depth of his team. He has two stars in senior do-it-all guard/post Stephanie Somers and freshman Elisa Kooiman, but to think the Lions are a two-person team is far from the truth. With that mindset, Adams is going to get full use out of his bench, cycling in fresh legs that at the end of the season have provided his team with a defensive tenacity unlike that of its opponents.

Key to the game: When the time comes, will Lynden get that go-to performance late in games? Somers is proven, and at this stage in the season, she's going to need to be that presence that earned her a Division I scholarship to Idaho State.

Player to watch: Kaitlyn Mark. Mark is tall and rangy, and she can provide Adams a third scoring option he may very well need in crunch time.

Key Number: 37.66: The average points per game of Lynden's last three games. The Lions will need a similar-type effort if they hope to book another trip to the Hardwood Classic.

Scoring Avg: 52.4

Opp Avg: 39.8

Nickname: Trojans

Enrollment: 869

League: Olympic

District: 3

State appearances: 7 (3-11)

State titles: 0

Coach: Laurie Shaw

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Olivia Williams G Jr. 5-8 14.5

Katie Campana G Fr. 5-7 9.7

Lilli Stenzel G Sr. 5-9 6.7

Shania Anderson G Sr. 5-6 5.6

Aubrey Arce G Sr. 5-4 4.2

Scouting the Trojans: To say that the Trojans are guard heavy is an understatement. Olympic relies almost solely on its backcourt, providing much of the scoring punch, and 5-foot-8 junior Olivia Williams is its best threat. Williams' 14.5 points per game is almost five points more than the Trojans' next leading scorer, Katie Campana, and she will most certainly be the primary focus of Lynden's tough defense.

Key to the game: Can the Trojans get inside and in any way attack Lynden in the paint? The Lions aren't the tallest team, but they stand much stiffer in the low post than Olympic. If the Trojans can find some sense of an inside-outside game, they have a chance to upset Lynden and book a trip to the Hardwood Classic.

Player to watch: Lilli Stenzel: Stenzel's 5-foot-9 frame means she'll more than likely draw Stephanie Somers on the defensive end. Somers is the catalyst for Lynden in many ways, and stopping them means first stopping her.

Key Number: 14: Number of times Olympic has held teams to 40 points or fewer this season. Lynden has scored 40 points or less only once this season.

Scoring Avg: 45.6

Opp Avg: 41.9

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