Lynden went finished the season 23-4 and advanced to the third state championship game in the program’s history. Take a look back at the road the landed the Lions the second-place trophy.
Dec. 1 at Lynden
LYNDEN 48, CHARLES BEST 34
Elisa Kooiman had 17 points, 11 rebounds and four assists to lead the Lions to a season-opening win.
Dec. 4 at Sedro-Woolley
LYNDEN 57, SEDRO-WOOLLEY 32
Kooiman scored 26 points and Sierra Smith added 10 in the Lions’ non-conference win.
Dec. 7 at Lynden
ANACORTES 45, LYNDEN 25
Kooiman scored eight points and Lauren Zwiers had six, but the Lions fell in a non-league game.
Dec. 10 at Lynden
LYNDEN 73, FERNDALE 38
Smith and Mariah Gonzalez each scored 13 points, while Kooiman had 18 in a non-league win.
Dec. 15 at Lynden
LYNDEN 58, NOOKSACK VALLEY 46
Zwiers scored 12 points and Smith added 10 in the Lions’ Northwest Conference opener.
Dec. 18 at Lynden
LYNDEN 54, EVERETT 25
The Lions allowed the Seagulls just seven points in the second and third quarters combined in a non-league win.
Dec. 19 at Centralia
LYNDEN 54, CENTRALIA 53
Natalie Amos scored the game-winner with 18 seconds left, as the Lions grabbed another non-league win.
Dec. 22 at Friday Harbor
LYNDEN 52, FRIDAY HARBOR 32
Kooiman scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Jasmyne Neria had a big game on defense.
Dec. 29 at Lynden
LYNDEN 64, W.F. WEST 42
Gonzalez and Neria combined for 23 points, and the Lions finally beat a team that’s given them fits at state.
Jan. 5 at Anacortes
LYNDEN 54, ANACORTES 41
Kooiman scored 22 and Smith added 12 to lead the Lions to a win in a return to NWC play.
Jan. 8 at Lynden
LYNDEN 56, MERIDIAN 46
Smith scored 15 points in one of the best games of her career to lead the Lions to a win.
Jan. 11 at Blaine
LYNDEN 54, BLAINE 29
Neria hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points to help the Lions stay perfect in NWC play.
Jan. 15 at Lynden
LYNDEN 46, SEDRO-WOOLLEY 27
Kooiman scored 18 points and Smith hit three 3-pointers to lead the Lions to an NWC win.
Jan. 19 at Mount Baker
LYNDEN 50, MOUNT BAKER 36
Defense again played a big role for the Lions, who help an opponent to fewer than 40 points for a third straight game.
Jan. 22 at Lynden Christian
LYNDEN 55, LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 45
Emily Holt, Neria and Zwier led the Lions’ second-half comeback against the eventual 1A state finalists.
Jan. 26 at Lynden
BURLINGTON-EDISON 69, LYNDEN 46
Edie Breckenridge scored 20 points and Lynden struggled in its first and only NWC loss of the season.
Jan. 29 at Ferndale
LYNDEN 47, FERNALE 36
Kooiman scored 16 and Neria added nine to help the Lions bounce back and get an NWC victory.
Feb. 1 at Sehome
LYNDEN 57, SEHOME 36
Kooiman scored 18 points, Neria had 13 and Gonzalez added 10 in the Lions’ NWC victory.
Feb. 4 at Lynden
LYNDEN 70, BELLINGHAM 38
Kooiman scored 25 points, Smith had nine and Amos added eight to help Lynden to another NWC win.
Feb. 9 at Lynden
LYNDEN 50, SQUALICUM 43
Gonzalez scored 11 and Smith added nine points to help the Lions wrap up the regular season with a win.
Feb. 12 at Lynden
LYNDEN 58, SEDRO-WOOLLEY 23
Kooiman scored 18 and set a physical tone for the Lions in their Northwest District Tournament opener.
Feb. 15 at Mount Vernon
LYNDEN 52, SHORECREST 45
Neria hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with two minutes left, and the Lions locked up a trip to state with a semifinal win.
Feb. 19 at Mount Vernon
ANACORTES 51, LYNDEN 41
Lynden dug itself a hole and couldn’t claw its way out, as it lost a chance to win a third straight district title.
Feb. 27 at Renton
LYNDEN 67, LIBERTY 39
An inspired Kooiman scored a game-high 21 points and keyed a second-half turnaround in the Lions’ regional win.
March 3 at Yakima Valley SunDome
LYNDEN 59, BLACK HILLS 44
Kooiman scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half and Neria added 11 in a state quarterfinal win.
March 4 at Yakima Valley SunDome
LYNDEN 37, ELLENSBURG 34
Neria bounced back from a first-half injury to make a game-clinching steal in the state semifinals.