Another week is in the books and the biggest note from this week is that Mount Baker’s Emily Yost is really good. She leads all scorers in the Northwest Conference, averaging more than 27 points per game. The Mountaineers are on a five-game win streak because of it. That, of course, is aided by Emily Brandland’s 18.9 points per game. Keep an eye on Baker this season.
1. Lynden Christian (6-0; Last week’s ranking: 1) - The Lyncs picked up a couple big wins over Bellingham and Squalicum and still haven’t allowed more than 40 points in a game this season.
2. Ferndale (5-1; Last week: 2) - The Golden Eagles lost a close one to Anacortes, falling victim to a poor shooting night. The Golden Eagles’ are still a strong team, bolstered by Linsey Honeycutt’s 22 points per game.
3. Burlington-Edison (5-1; Last week: 3) - Tyra Lopez and Edie Breckenridge have the Tigers are on a roll right now, winning the past five after an opening loss to Ferndale.
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4. Mount Baker (7-1; Last week: 5) - Yost and Brandland are probably the best duo in the league and the Mountaineers are primed to make some noise in the NWC. This is the same team that took Ferndale to overtime on Dec. 4.
5. Anacortes (5-3; Last week: 6) - The Seahawks held Ferndale to just 34 points Thursday to snag a win. It certainly helps shake off a conference loss to Meridian on Tuesday.
6. Lynden (3-3; Last week: 7) - After losing two of the first three, the Lions have got back to winning, finding victories in two of the past three. Kaitlyn Mark is really shining alongside Elisa Kooiman.
7. Nooksack Valley (5-2; Last week: 4) - The Pioneers suffered a pair of tough losses this week, but sandwiched them between a couple double-digit wins. Nooksack spreads it around well, six different players have scored in double digits this season.
8. Meridian (3-3; Last week: 8) - The Trojans defeated a tough Anacortes team 45-44 Tuesday, rebounding from a loss to Nooksack Valley on Friday. Ryley Zapien has turned into a great underclassmen, averaging 15.8 points per game.
9. Blaine (1-5; Last week: 10) - Mandy Hayes led the Borderites to their first win on Monday, but she still needs more help. Kiana Gray and Breanna Chau are both players that can help Blaine stay afloat while Taylor V’Dovec recovers from injury.
10. Squalicum (3-4; Last week: 9) - The Storm played Blaine very tight, bolstered by freshman Chalae Wolters’ 26 points Monday. The freshman is averaging 14 on the year and is the Storm’s strongest hope for success this season.
11. Sedro-Woolley (1-5; Last week: 11) - The Cubs haven’t won since the season opener against Sehome and they haven’t really been close since. Samantha Cox and Mikayela Nutting can only do so much.
12. Sehome (2-5; Last week: 12) - The compliment of the Mariners comes from keeping games close. Their biggest loss was 16 points to Nooksack Valley and the only other double-digit loss was a 10-pointer to Anacortes.
13. Bellingham (1-5; Last week: 13) - Emily Benson has been a pleasant surprise the past three games, scoring 18, 13 and 15 points while the Red Raiders picked up their first win.