High School Basketball

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Lynden Lions

Coach: Rob Adams

Last year: Finished third at the Hardwood Classic after a 53-48 overtime victory over Ellensburg. ... Won the bi-district tournament. ... Won 10 games in a row before falling to W.F. West in the state semifinal. ... Ended the season 20-7 and 9-3 in the Northwest Conference.

Players to watch: Kaitlyn Mark (sr., ), Jasmyne Neria (so., ), Elisa Kooiman (so., )

Outlook: Lynden went on a heck of a run after starting the season 9-6. The Lions would eventually fall in the state semifinal. This year, they refresh with a young group of girls. “It’ll be interesting,” coach Rob Adams said in a phone interview. “We have a lot of sophomores in the mix. That’s always exciting. You don’t know what you’re going to get from one day to the next let alone an entire season.” The key for Lynden will be showing the sophomores the sacrifices that need to be made for the program to get to where it is and ridding them of a sense of entitlement. “This is something we have to earn,” Adams said. Fortunately, the Lions return their leading scorer from last year in Kooiman, who averaged 14.5 points per game. But the team will need to find someone else to step up and be a second scoring threat after the graduation of Stepahine Somers. Mark scored 26 in Lynden’s season opener.

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