Squalicum’s girls’ basketball team beat Bellingham 50-42 on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Bellingham High School.
The first three quarters were neck-and-neck for both teams, Squalicum had a one-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter by a score of 32-31.
Early in the fourth quarter Bellingham’s Paige Jacobsen fouled out, hurting Bellingham’s rebounding late.
“Jacobsen was rebounding well for us,” Bellingham coach Ed Wissing said in a phone interview. “That hurt us a bit.”
Squalicum finished the game with 15 offensive rebounds, all of which came in the second half of the game.
“The second chances Squalicum got down the stretch was a big difference,” Wissing said.
During the game, Bellingham struggled from the free throw line, shooting 9 for 25 on the night.
“It was an early season game for free throws,” Wissing said. “Lots of girls were playing their first varsity minutes. We’ll be better in the future and won’t stress out too much.”
A competitive game between the two teams is one aspect Wissing said is beneficial on both sides.
“Both teams have a lot to be proud of and played hard, it was a good first game of the season,” Wissing said.
Bellingham will play Sehome at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, at Bellingham High School and Squalicum will play Nooksack Valley at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at Nooksack Valley High School.
Squalicum 50, Bellingham 42