Lynden Christian’s girls’ basketball team won a turnover-filled game thanks to 13 steals, 64-33, over Blaine on Monday, Dec. 12, at Lynden Christian.
Blaine committed 28 turnovers, while the Lyncs had 23 of their own.
Kara Bajema led the Lyncs with 25 points, including three 3-pointers.
“We came out with a lot of energy, we did a nice job pressuring the ball, finding girls and communicating,” Lynden Christian coach Brady Bomber said in a phone interview. “Kara played well. We talk about different girls leading the way on different nights. The other night she didn’t shoot very well and contributed in other ways, but tonight she was on fire.”
Mandy Hayes was the only Borderite to break double digits, with 15 points in the loss.
“Hayes was a handful,” Bomber said. “She did an nice job creating shots. We had to be aware of where she was at all times.”
Sara Dougan added 11 points for the Lyncs, and Sam Van Loo had eight points and six rebounds. Riley Van Hulzen also had eight for LC.
Even though it was a big defensive night for Lynden Christian, the big steals numbers weren’t the main goal.
“What we’re trying to do is contain and make it hard for them to do their thing,” Bomber said. “The steals are a bonus, we do our best to make them uncomfortable.”
Lynden Christian opens league play at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at home against Bellingham. Blaine hosts Squalicum at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at home for another league opener.
Lynden Christian 64, Blaine 33
Blaine: Barb Pocus 0, Lyric Berry 0, Breanna Chau 7, Makayah Veliz 0, Josie Deming 1, Mikayla Deming 5, Kjirstin Larson 5, Mandy Hayes 15, Kiana Gray 0. Totals: 11-38 7-10 33.
Lynden Christian: Emma Bocci 0, Haley Hollander 2, Shaye Brandsma 3, Kara Bajema 25, Sam Van Loo 8, Riley Van Hulzen 8, Avery Dykstra 6, Sara Dougan 11, Emmalee Bailey 1. Totals: 25-40 9-19 64.
3-point field goals — Blaine: 4 (Hayes 3); Lynden Christian: 5 (Bajema 3). Rebounds — Blaine: 25 (M. Deming 6); Lynden Christian: 26 (Van Loo 6). Assists — Blaine: n/a (n/a); Lynden Christian: 4 (4 with 1). Fouls — Blaine: 18; Lynden Christian: 14. Turnovers — Blaine: 28; Lynden Christian: 23.