Blaine-Woodland basketball capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 28, 2014 

Nickname: Borderites

Enrollment: 474

League: Northwest Conference

District: 1

State appearances: 11 (17-18)

State titles: 0

Coach: Ryan Pike

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Breanna Chau PG Jr. 5-5 5.9

Mandy Hayes G Jr. 5-8 13.3

Olivia Olason G Sr. 5-8 3.3

Taylor V'Dovec P Jr. 5-11 16.4

Alexis McElwain P Sr. 5-9 10.2

Scouting the Borderites: Blaine, more so than any other team in the Northwest Conference, relied on its big three of Alexis McElwain, Taylor V'Dovec and Mandy Hayes to carry a brunt of the scoring load. McElwain and V'Dovec get a majority of their points in the paint, and with Hayes on the outside they have made for a nice inside-outside attack all season long. Senior team captain Olivia Olason, while not the scorer that the other three are, is as good a perimeter defender as there was in the NWC this year.

Key to the game: Can Blaine get scoring from the other players on the team? If coach Ryan Pike gets another player who scores near double figures other than his big three, the Borderites will likely be booking their trip to Yakima.

Player to watch: Breanna Chau. If the junior point guard gets hot from beyond the 3-point line, Woodland will be in for a long day.

Key Number: 7: The number of losses Blaine has suffered this season, all to teams that are still alive in the playoff hunt.

Scoring Avg: 53.3

Opp Avg: 40.7

Nickname: Beavers

Enrollment: 472

League: Trico

District: 4

State appearances: 4 (7-8)

State titles: 0

Coach: Glen Flanagan

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Sidra Malik G Jr. 5-3 11

Jesssica Flanagan G So. 5-8 11.2

McKenna Mulder P Jr. 6-1 9.8

Madison Sorensen G/P Sr. 5-7 9.8

Kendall Grell G/P Jr. 5-8 6.1

Scouting the Beavers: Woodland is deep and not entirely dependent on one player leading the team in scoring night in and night out. The Beavers, running the table and going a perfect 22-0, haven't played the stiffest of competition, as none of the teams they beat in the regular season are still alive in the postseason. Nevertheless, Jessica Flanagan and her 11.2 points per game from the guard position should provide a good test for Blaine's tough-minded Olivia Olason.

Key to the game: Whether or not Woodland's depth can outlast Blaine's lack thereof. The Beavers run a bench that has several players who have seen significant minutes, and if coach Glen Flanagan can keep throwing out fresh legs, the Borderites might be in trouble.

Player to watch: McKenna Mulder: Mulder stands 6-foot-1, and she will dwarf over much of the Borderites small posts. She's not putting up astonishing numbers in the post, but Blaine is small and her size could be a big factor.

Key Number: 1: The number of times this season Woodland has won a game by less than 10 points. Nothing this late in the postseason is going to as easy as the Beavers' regular season.

Scoring Avg: 54.5

Opp Avg: 29.2

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