High School Basketball

Trojans’ high-paced offense leads to win

Meridian’s girls’ basketball team showed it is not a team that’s going to play slow, as the Trojans rolled to a 77-51 win over a short-handed Blaine squad on Friday, Dec. 5, at Meridian High School.

The Trojans’ Ryley Zapien benefited by pushing the tempo, as she connected for a game-high 28 points Friday.

“She runs the floor and she’s scoring really well,” Meridian (1-1) coach Mark Gilmore said in a phone interview. “We’re really young and we played with a lot of energy.”

The fast-paced play is something Gilmore hopes the team will continue throughout the season.

“We’re not real big, so to create stuff, we have to push the tempo,” Gilmore said. “We’re definitely going to push for that.”

Blaine (0-2) was led by Mandy Hayes, who had 15 points. Kiana Gray had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Borderites.

The Borderites face Ferndale Tuesday, Dec. 9, at home. Meridian plays Burlington-Edison Tuesday on the road.

Meridian 77, Blaine 51

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Blaine: Barb Pocus 1, Lyric Berry 2, Breanna Chau 9, Josie Deming 3, Mikayla Deming 8, Kjirstin Larson 0, Mandy Hayes 15, Kiana Gray 13.

Meridian: Ryley Zapien 28, Kyrin Baklund 8, Sydney Swanson 2, Ellese FitzGerald 17, Janessa Murphy 3, Natalie Swanson 4, Emily Stuth 3, Bryn Magnusson 8, Mackenzie Cox 4.

3-point field goals — Blaine: 3 (Deming 1); Meridian: 8 (Zapien 4). Rebounds — Blaine: 36 (Gray 7); Meridian: 32 (Sydney Swanson 8). Assists — Blaine: n/a (Leaders xx); Meridian: 19 (Zapien, Magnusson 4). Fouls — Blaine: 13; Meridian: 18 (Murphy). Turnovers — Blaine: n/a; Meridian: 12.

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