High School Basketball

Senior duo gives Blaine boost over Baker

Blaine’s girls’ basketball team got a big night from its senior captains and held Mount Baker’s Emilys in check for a 42-35 Northwest Conference win Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Blaine High School.

Borderite captains Mandy Hayes and Breanna Chau led their team in each category. Hayes had 12 points and four assists, and Chau had eight points, seven rebounds and four assists.

“They’re both four-year starters and they played like it tonight, and that’s what we needed,” Blaine coach Ryan Pike said in a phone interview. “Everyone rallied around that. When you have two seniors and they play hard, everyone falls in line. On offense, the smallest girl on the court (Chau) had seven rebounds and she worked like she wanted it.”

Blaine (2-8, 2-1 NWC) was able to capitalize on solid defense from that same duo as they shut down Baker’s Emily Brandland and Emily Yost. The Emily duo was held to just 19 combined points, well below their average of about 41 points per game combined.

McKenzie Yost and Kylee Engholm each added six points for the Mountaineers (8-3, 2-1 NWC).

“Our main goal was to take the Emilys out of the game and in the first half they had five points combined,” Pike said. “I told our girls, ‘We’re good when we work hard,’ and they took it to heart. We had a 15 point lead at one point.”

After holding Emily Yost in check for the first half, she came out with more fire in the second half, Pike said.

“Yost is a really good player and she didn’t want to lose,” he added. “She’s tough to stop when she doesn’t want to lose. They’re a good team and I think they’ll do good things in the postseason. I’m glad we got them now.”