High School Basketball

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Lynden Christian Lyncs

Coach: Brady Bomber

Last year: Won the Class 1A State Championship. ... Finished with a 25-2 overall record and 12-0 record in the Northwest Conference. ... Won final 20 games of the season after losing to Brewster and Cashmere early in the year.

Players to watch: Kara Bajema (jr., post), Sara Dougan (sr., post), Haley Hollander (jr., forward), Makayla Lancaster (sr., guard)

Outlook: The Lyncs are fresh off a state championship, but a new coach and plenty of new faces provide a different look for LC this year. “We’re excited. We’ve got a lot of young girls, a lot of new girls in new roles,” Bomber said in a phone interview. Bomber, of course, is probably the biggest change to the team, as he replaces legendary coach Curt De Haan, who announced his retirement shortly after leading the Lyncs to an eight state title. While Bomber admits he has nowhere near the experience of De Haan, he still fills he has plenty to bring to the team. “I try to do my best to motivate and teach the girls as best as I can,” he said. “I can bring some of the things I’ve learned to the team.” He’ll lead a team that returns its leading scorer in Bajema (13.3 points per game).

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