Bellingham-W.F. West capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 28, 2014 

Nickname: Red Raiders (13-11)

Enrollment: 799

League: Northwest Conference

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

State appearances: 3 (2-6)

State titles: 0

Coach: Ed Wissing

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Alyssa Porter G Sr. 5-9 11.7

Michaela Knutson G Sr. 5-7 6.7

Joelle Zamora G Jr. 5-9 7.3

Ashley Spink G/P Sr. 5-8 6.9

Alicia Romero P Sr. 5-9 4.0

Scouting the Red Raiders: Bellingham has advanced to its first state tournament since the 2008-09 season, and the Red Raiders are arguably playing their best basketball. Senior guard Alyssa Porter leads a speedy group of players who love to get up and down the court. Porter has been complemented by strong play from guards Joelle Zamora, Michaela Knutson and Ashley Spink. Undersized 5-foot-9 post Alicia Romero has played above her height down on the blocks.

Key to the game: W.F. West has a distinct height advantage. If Bellingham can push the pace and make the Bearcats run, it could wear W.F. West down by the fourth quarter.

Player to watch: Ashley Spink has given Bellingham quality minutes this postseason and will be looking for a big game in what could be her last as a Red Raider.

Key Stats: 10, the number of players in Bellingham's rotation.

Scoring Avg: 47.5

Opp Avg: 46.3

Nickname: Bearcats (21-2)

Enrollment: 649

League: Evergreen 2A

District: 4 (finished first in district tournament)

State appearances: 9 (15-15)

State titles: 0

Coach: Henri Weeks

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Tori Weeks G Sr. 5-7 6.1

Julie Spencer G/F Jr. 6-2 9.8

Katie Hankins F/P Sr. 6-0 8.4

Tiana Parker P Jr. 6-3 8.0

Nike McClure P Sr. 6-3 12.2

Scouting the Bearcats: The No.2-ranked W.F. West Bearcats have remained in the top half of the Class 2A poll the majority of the season. They enter the regional round of state as District 4 champions. Senior 6-foot-3 post Nike McClure, 6-foot-3 junior post Tiana Parker, 6-foot senior forward Katie Hankins and 6-foot-2 junior guard Julie Spencer highlight a lengthy W.F. West club. The Bearcats have two Division I-bound players, and Bellingham coach Ed Wissing said they have two others capable of playing at the next level.

Key to the game: It's no secret Bellingham loves to run, and W.F. West's ability to slow the pace down and control the tempo could be a major factor in the game's outcome.

Player to watch: Nike McClure has already committed to play for Washington State University next winter, and Red Raiders post Alicia Romero could have her hands full.

Key Stats: 21, number of inches taller W.F. West's projected starting lineup is than Bellingham's.

Scoring Avg: 55.4

Opp Avg: 36.7

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