About the time fans of Lynden Christian’s unbeaten girls basketball team were finally ready stop talking about defense, the Lyncs gave their followers an uncharacteristic but devastating show of long-range shooting to cheer at just the right time.
The Lyncs (15-0 overall, 8-0 Northwest Conference) shot 14 for 25 with seven 3-pointers in the first half of LC’s 70-47 win over visiting Lynden on Thursday night.
The Lions (9-6, 5-3) led 8-6 with three minutes left in the first quarter when LC’s Josie Bocci bounced off the bench to launch a 3-pointer.
By one minute into the second quarter, the Lyncs had four more baskets -- all 3s -- by Isabela Hernandez, two by Avery Dykstra, and by Liv Mellema not long after she checked into the game.
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That gave LC a 21-10 bulge and the Lions never threatened again.
“We typically take five to ten 3s a game,” said Lyncs coach Brady Bomber, whose team made Lynden its 12th opponent to finish with fewer than 50 points. “(The spree) wasn’t typical for us, but can find spots and it wasn’t surprising.”
Hernandez scored a game-high 16 points, hitting six of her first nine shots, including three 3s, by the time the second half was two minutes old.
Senior post Sam Van Loo, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, also displayed her versatility with five assists, consistently finding Hernandez, the team’s other 6-foot-1 standout. Grace Sterk scored 14 points, all in the second half, and Dykstra finished with 10.
Dykstra hit four consecutive shots in the opening period, including her two 3s, and helped the Lyncs finish 27 for 50, with seven baskets in the first, second and fourth quarters and six hoops in the third period.
Riley Dykstra, who had LC’s only second-half 3, and Riley VanHulzen combined for 10 points.
LIONS GO HARD
Bomber praised Lynden sophomore Livia Tjoelker, who finished with 14 points, including a pair of 3s, along with four steals and five rebounds.
Ruby VanderHaak finished with a team-high 15 for the Lions, shooting 6 for 13 with two second-half 3s as the Lions never stopped fighting to catch up.
“Tjoelker was really aggressive,” Bomber said. “She did a nice job and really played hard.”
The Lyncs, who came off an amazing defensive performance with which they held Sehome to 13 points, limited Lynden all four quarters in a remarkably consistent effort. The Lions’ basket totals in consecutive quarters were four, five, three and four for a total of 16 for 42 shooting.
The contest was a Coaches vs. Cancer game.
“Our girls contested almost every Lynden shot, although we lost a few in transition,” Bomber said. “That’s our goal -- to contest every shot that we can.”