Lynden’s boys basketball team defeated Nooksack Valley 54-33 in its first game of the season Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Lynden High School.
Sterling Somers led the Lions with 12 points and Johnathan Whettnal added 10. Aaron Bosscher led the Pioneers with 13 points and Casey Bauman finished with six.
“We knew going in that anytime you play a team like Lynden it is going to be a tough game. You can’t play 24 minutes and expect to get a win. We played hard for 24 minutes and had one bad quarter,” Nooksack Valley coach Chris Scrimsher said in a phone interview.
Nooksack Valley was outscored in the second quarter 17-4 and trailed 25-9 at halftime.
“I thought Nooksack played hard. They’re a little undersized, but they battled and competed tonight,” Lynden coach Brian Roper said in a phone interview.
The Lions outrebounded the Pioneers 25-15 in the game, which shows the height advantage Lynden had in the game.
“We had quite a size advantage over (Nooksack). We were rusty but it was nice to get out and play. It’s a starting place to get better, a place for us to figure out where to get better at,” Roper said.
Even though the game ended in a loss, there were positives Scrimsher saw out of his team heading into conference play.
“We took steps in the positive direction tonight. Lynden’s the best team we’ve faced so far and we knew it was going to be tough,” Scrimsher said.
The Pioneers did a good job offensively in the second half, Scrimsher said, but the team is still learning.
After Lynden’s first game of the season, Roper said he is excited about the rest of the season.
Lynden takes on Sedro-Woolley at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, at Sedro-Woolley and Nooksack Valley plays Sehome next at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, at Nooksack Valley.
Lynden 54, Nooksack Valley 33
Nooksack Valley: Tanner Myhre 4; Connor Beard 2, Josh Gimmaka 0, Noah Rawls 5, Aaron Bosscher 13, Casey Bauman 6, Brady Wood 0, Jeremy Toner 3. Totals: 13-32 4-10 33.
Lynden: Noah King 0, Clark Haslett 7, Johnathan Whettinal 10, Sterling Somers 12, Carter Shine 5, Andrew Kibbling 3, Scott Hastings 6, Jordan Wittenberg 7, Davis Bode 4. Totals: 18-42 15-22 54.
3-point field goals — Nooksack Valley: 3 (Leader n/a); Lynden: 3 (Leader n/a). Rebounds — Nooksack Valley: 15 (Leaders n/a); Lynden: 25 (Haslett, Hastings, Wittenberg, Body 4). Assists — Nooksack Valley: 10 (Beard 5); Lynden: 11 (Somers 3). Fouls — Nooksack Valley: 16; Lynden: 18. Turnovers — Nooksack Valley: 15; Lynden: 9.