Lynden vs. Liberty
6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Renton High School
Lynden Lions (20-3)
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League: Northwest Conference (tied for first)
District: Northwest (second)
State appearances: 12 (20-20)
State titles: 1 (2009)
Coach: Rob Adams
Scouting the Lions: Lynden stumbled on its way to a third straight district title, falling 51-41 to Anacortes in the district championship game. Anacortes owns two of third-ranked Lynden’s three losses this year. The other went to Ferndale.
Key to the game: Minimize turnovers. No. 3 Lynden dug itself a hole in the district title game, failing to put up more then seven field goal attempts in each of the first three quarters against Anacortes.
Player to watch: Kooiman has scored in double figures in every game but two this year, but Lynden must find ways to get her some help.
Liberty Patriots (10-14)
League: KingCo 2A/3A (fifth)
District: West Central/SeaKing (third)
State appearances: 4 (3-8)
State titles: None
Coach: Carly Fromdahl
*Full season statistics not available
Scouting the Patriots: Liberty won three straight games to advance to the bi-district semifinals before losing 71-53 to White River. The Patriots rebounded to beat Port Angeles 39-33.
Key to the game: Keep it close. The Patriots dug themselves a 26-5 first-quarter hole against White River in the bi-district semifinals. They can’t afford more of that against Lynden, or they’ll find themselves at home next weekend.
Player to watch: Kelderman is the only Patriot averaging in double figures this season, so they need a big game out of her.
Kooiman and Lynden simply have too much for Liberty and should find themselves back in Yakima for a third straight year.