High School Basketball

Mount Baker suffers non-conference loss to La Conner

The Mount Baker boys’ basketball team caught La Conner on a hot shooting night and the Mountaineers committed too many turnovers in a 59-43 non-conference loss Saturday, Dec. 20, at La Conner.

La Conner was 11 of 25 from the 3-point line, and Mount Baker turned the ball over 20 times to the Braves’ nine.

“They just played harder than we did tonight,” Mount Baker coach Rob Gray said in a phone interview. “They found a way to come out with a victory.”

Timothy Soares led the Mountaineers with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and TJ Bass contributed nine points. La Conner’s Taylor Ebersole scored a team-best 18 points.

“Timothy played hard tonight,” Gray said. “He did a nice job for us. ... We didn’t get him enough touches for us to take advantage tonight.”

Baker trailed 27-19 at half and was outscored 32-24 in the final two quarters.

The Mountaineers (2-6, 0-2 NWC), which dropped their fourth straight, has a week-long break before playing Granite Falls next at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, in the Blaine Holiday Classic.

La Conner 59, Mount Baker 43

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Mount Baker: Keenan Gray 0, Jed Schleimer 2, Tanner Bass 0, Mason Bass 0, Colton Ranson 2, Thomas Barbo 0, TJ Bass 9, Grant Balvanz 13, Timothy Soares 19. Totals: 18-49 6-12 43.

La Conner: Cameron Hansen 7, Terrance Fornsby 3, Scott Lindeman 15, Matt Finley 8, Wilson Crawford 2, Logan James 2, Taylor Ebersole 18, Erick Reinstra 2, Zach Harris 2. Totals: 19-46 10-15 59.

3-point field goals — Mount Baker: 1 (Blavanz 1); La Conner: 11 (Lindeman 5). Rebounds — Mount Baker: 33 (Soares 13); La Conner: 17 (James 5). Assists — Mount Baker: 8 (Ranson 2); La Conner: 15 (Hansen 4). Fouls — Mount Baker: 17; La Conner: 14. Turnovers — Mount Baker: 20; La Conner: 9.

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