High School Basketball

Can the Lynden Christian girls successfully defend their Class 1A state title?

Lynden Christian’s Sam Van Loo scores after getting an offensive rebound as Lynden's Jasmyne Neria, right, plays defense Jan. 19 at Lynden High School in Lynden. Lynden Christian won 56-53.
Lynden Christian’s Sam Van Loo scores after getting an offensive rebound as Lynden's Jasmyne Neria, right, plays defense Jan. 19 at Lynden High School in Lynden. Lynden Christian won 56-53. eabell@bhamherald.com

Time: 2 p.m. Saturday

Site: Mount Vernon High School

What’s at stake: The winner advances to the Class 1A state quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Yakima Valley SunDome. The loser will face the winner of the regional between Seattle Chrisitan and Burbank Columbia in an elimination game at 10:30 a.m. at the SunDome.

0225 LC GBB (2)

Scouting the Wildcats

Coach: Herm Van Weerdhuizen

State tournament apperances (record): 13 (12-24)

State titles: None

RPI ranking: No. 7

League: Trico (first, 10-0)

Road to the regional: Beat Montesano 66-64 in the championship game of the Class 1A Southwest District Tournament.

The Wildcats are making their third straight trip to state, but haven’t advanced past the regional round the past two years, losing to Nooksack Valley last year. The Wildcats showed good ability from the outside, hitting four 3-points in the final quarter in their title game win over Montesano. Bethan Whitten hit two of them, while Taylor Mills led La Center with 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Scouting the Lyncs

Coach: Brady Bomber

State tournament apperances (record): 36 (107-31)

State titles: 11 (1979, ’80, ’90, ’91,’92, ’96, ’98, ’99, 2008, ’14, ’16)

RPI ranking: No. 2

League: Northwest Conference (first, 13-0)

Road to the regional: Won the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament title and then beat Seattle Academy 62-37 in the District 1/2 championship game.

The defending state champions are making their 13th straight trip to state. The Lyncs’ only loss so far this season came by just six points against Bishop Blanchet on Dec. 22. Sam Van Loo has been leading the way for LC with 12.2 points per game, but Avery Dykstra isn’t far behind at 11.9, and Isabela Hernandez is chipping in 9.7. And don’t overlook Riley Dykstra (7.2), Riley VanHulzen (5.9), Emmalee Bailey (5.1) or Torina Hommes (5.0), who give the Lyncs a balanced attack. Then there’s Grace Sterk, who scored a game-high 18 against Seattle Academy.

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