Coach: Ryan Pike (fifth season)
Last year: Finished 3-17; tied for 12th in NWC; did not advance to postseason play.
Player to watch: The Borderites likely will work hard to get the ball to 6-foot Josie Deming, who is capable of turning in a double-double every night. Pike said an early season talk with Deming about being more aggressive seemed to pay off, and Blaine will look to her to lead the way.
Newcomer to keep an eye on: Though Brynn Hallberg is listed at 5-5, Pike said he doesn’t think the sophomore actually is that tall. “She’s a firecracker, though,” he said. “She plays her butt off the whole time.” That led to a team-high eight rebounds in a game this season.
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Key to the season: Turnovers were Blaine’s Achilles’ heel last season, and it’s an area the Borderites are focusing on this year. Last year, they averaged about 25 turnovers per game, and it’s difficult to win close games when that happens. Pike said Blaine also is focusing on defense this year and has looked good in the halfcourt.
Outlook: With more 2A teams heading to the district tournament this year, the Borderites have as good a shot as anybody to make it. Ashley Dickerson is another threat to record a double-double, meaning Blaine could soon have options. “Hopefully we’ll play hard all year long and do the little things right and look for shots we want to take and not the shots the defense is giving us,” Pike said. “Our goal is to play hard every night.”
at Nooksack Valley
at Mount Baker*
at Cascade Christian
Blaine Holiday Invite
at Lynden Christian*