High School Sports

PREP GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Anderson's long-range shooting leads Mountaineers

DEMING — Junior guard Brandi Anderson turned what could have been a boring blowout Friday into a study in unorthodox 3-point shooting for Mount Baker.

Not that Anderson’s four 3-pointers in Baker’s 74-60 victory over Friday Harbor were unusual. She now leads the Mounties (4-4) with 23 3-pointers.

What made her shooting so intriguing was the soft, exceptionally high-arc style she used to connect on four consecutive 3-point at-tempts as Baker ran to a 30-10 first-quarter lead before coach Brenda Ellis began using all seven reserves in the second quarter.

“I’ve been shooting that way since fourth grade,” said Anderson, who was a varsity reserve as a sophomore. “My AAU coach taught me that shot, and I’ve been using it ever since.

“It feels better and it feels smoother,” she said. “It’s what I’m most comfortable with.”

“I don’t coach that shot, but it works for Brandi,” Baker coach Brenda Ellis said with a grin. “She’s always shot that way. She’s been a really good spot-shooter since she was a freshman. She’s definitely a confident shooter.”

Ellis noted the 5-foot-7 Anderson is such a good athlete that she earned a starting spot in her first season on the soccer team.

“Brandi went out for soccer so she could improve her basketball footwork, and she really has,” Ellis said.

Anderson couldn’t remember hitting four 3-pointers in the same quarter, though.

“I’ve never done that before,” he said. “I was kind of surprised.”

All-county senior guard Courtney VanBrocklin, though, wasn’t the least bit shocked about Anderson’s high-arc accuracy.

“Brandi’s really that good,” said VanBrocklin, who played less than 24 minutes but finished with 16 points, six assists, seven steals and 10 rebounds.

“That’s something I’m going to have to work on — my 3-point shot,” said VanBrocklin, who recently signed with Boise State for a full scholarship. She took only 14 shots, mostly on drives off steals, and made 7.

The other intriguing aspect of the game was how well 5-foot-10 freshman Erika Yost responded to a start at center. She shot 6 for 7 and grabbed six rebounds. Nicole Buchanan, Baker’s only other senior, provided second-half spice by making four consecutive shots.

Kiersten Radden led Friday Harbor (1-6) with 18 points, with 14 in the second half.