High School Basketball

Tired Lions ‘over-matched’ against Mercer Island

Mercer Island gave Lynden’s girls’ basketball team problems in the Lions’ third game in three days, a 59-36 loss on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Lynden.

“We were a bit over-matched,” Lynden coach Rob Adams said in an email. “Playing our third game in three days, we didn’t have any legs. Mercer Island is a well-coached team, and their length caused us some problems.”

Kaitlyn Mark led the Lions with 11 points. Elisa Kooiman and Jasmyne Neria added eight apiece for Lynden.

The Lions only had nine turnovers, but could only get off 37 shot attempts. Adams highlighted another duo who were helpful in the game.

“We were very happy with the play of Olivia Bonsen and Lauren Zwiers,” he said. “They both came off the bench and played solid.”

Bonsen finished with three points, and Zwiers had one.

Lynden plays next at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Nooksack Valley in the Lions’ first Northwest Conference game.

Mercer Island 59, Lynden 36

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Mercer Island: no information provided. Totals: 20-57 11-11 59.

Lynden: Mandy Warner 3, Lauren Zwiers 1, Jasmyne Neria 8, Mariah Gonzalez xx, Anna Wielenga 0, Morgan Black 0, Olivia Bonsen 3, Heidi Lankhaar 0, Elisa Kooiman 8, Kaitlyn Mark 11, Emily Holt 2. Totals: 11-37 13-20 36.

3-point field goals — Mercer Island: 8 (n/a); Lynden: 1 (Mark 1). Rebounds — Mercer Island: 36 (n/a); Lynden: 25 (Neria 7). Assists — Mercer Island: 11 (n/a); Lynden: 9 (Kooiman 4). Fouls — Mercer Island: 18; Lynden: 12 Turnovers — Mercer Island: 8; Lynden: 9.

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