Lynden Christian-Freeman basketball capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 28, 2014 

Nickname: Lyncs

Enrollment: 251

League: Northwest Conference

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

State appearances: 33 (103-40)

State titles: 9

Coach: Curt De Haan

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Makayla Lancaster PG Jr 5-5 3.1

Kara Bajema P So. 6-1 12.9

Sally Vlas G Sr. 5-6 7.3

Courtney Hollander G/P Sr. 6-1 8.9

Karley De Jager P Sr. 6-0 8.6

Scouting the Lyncs: The Lyncs are tall, very tall. Kara Bajema, Karley De Jager, Courtney Hollander, Sara Dougan and Morgan Van Kooten all stand at least 5-feet-11, and that presents matchup problems for most every team they will face. And just like on defense, the Lyncs offer several options on offense that can take games over. Hollander, who's committed to play basketball at Seattle Pacific next season, is their most dynamic scorer, and if she gets going few have the ability to stop her.

Key to the game: Can the Lyncs exert their dominance in the low post? The answer for all but two games this season has been yes, but with the best teams in the state now converging on one another, LC's size is going to get tested.

Player to watch: Sara Dougan: Dougan is 6-foot-4, and longer than she is tall. Her size can single-handedly change games, and if she's able to do that, LC has a good chance to move on.

Key Number: 9: The number of LC players that have played in at least 19 games this season. That kind of depth is going to be important with the games only getting tougher.

Scoring Avg: 55.7

Opp Avg: 35.5

Nickname: Scotties

Enrollment: 236

League: 1A Northeast

District: 5

State appearances: 9 (25-9)

State titles: 2

Coach: Chad Kimberley

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Katie Vold G Sr. 5-10 16.5

Sierra McGarity P Sr. 5-10 11.4

Haley Burke G Sr. 5-5 8.4

Sydney Sather G So. 5-6 7.4

Mikaela Pilant G Sr. 5-5 3.8

Scouting the Scotties: Senior guards Katie Vold and Sierra McGarity provide Freeman with a strong inside-outside, 1-2 combo heading into its game with the highly-ranked Lyncs. Vold, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, is the Scotties' leading scoring threat at 16.5 points per game, and that can come both off the dribble near the basket and from the perimeter. This is a veteran group like Lynden Christian, having four seniors in their starting lineup that all played for a class 1A state championship in 2011-12.

Key to the game: The Scotties aren't particularly tall, and Lynden Christian has several players that stand above 6-feet. Freeman's ability to finish contested shots out on the perimeter or in the paint will go a long way to deciding the outcome of this game.

Player to watch: Haley Burke: Burke is a senior guard who runs much of the Scotties' offense. It all starts with her, and she'll be guarded by Lynden Christian's Makayla Lancaster, one of the best perimeter defenders in the Northwest Conference this season. If Burke is able to get Freeman into its offense, the Scotties will have a fighting chance.

Key Number: 352: Miles it is from Freeman High School to Mount Vernon High School. This is a true road test for the Scotties, and Lynden Christian will only have to travel roughly 45 miles from Lynden.

Scoring Avg: 52

Opp Avg: 39.8

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