High School Basketball

Free throws key for Bellingham in city rivalry win

Bellingham’s boys’ basketball team hit 21 of 32 free throw attempts in a 72-61 win over city rival Squalicum on Friday, Jan. 9, at Bellingham High School in a Northwest Conference matchup.

Dante Check led the Red Raiders (8-4, 3-1 NWC) with 18 points, including three 3-pointers, before fouling out. Kyle Hofstetter added 15 points, seven assists, and Logan Schilder had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

“Both teams came out and shot well in the first half, came out with a ton of energy and were really well prepared,” Bellingham coach Brad McKay said in a phone interview. “Down the stretch we were able to get to the free throw line and hit crucial 3s. Check hit three 3s and was nine of 11 from the free throw line, but he got a little each quarter. It was a real team effort tonight.”

Squalicum (8-4, 3-1) was led by Damek Mitchell’s 20 points and five assists. Josiah Westbrook added 18 points and Harper Moore scored 11.

“You can’t defend Squalicum with one guy, you have to use your whole team,” McKay said. “Squalicum has tremendous guards. Mitchell scored 20 and Harper played real well for them. He worked really hard.”

Bellingham is back in action at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at home against Anacortes. Squalicum takes on Meridian at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at home.

Bellingham 72, Squalicum 61



Squalicum: Harper Moore 11, Noah Westerhoff 2, Josh Vail 0, Darious Powell 2, Damek Mitchell 20, Josiah Westbrook 18, Ben Tripp 0, Chris Paz 8. Totals: 23-58 10-19 61.

Bellingham: Chase Hatch 0, Kyle Hofstetter 15, Dante Check 18, Jakob Chamberlin 2, Kieran Lewis 17, Kalien Hayes 5, Austin Shenton 6, Logan Schilder 9, Phillip Breeding 0. Totals: 22-47 21-32 72.

3-point field goals — Squalicum: 5 (Mitchell 3); Bellingham: 7 (Check 3). Rebounds — Squalicum: 32 (Paz 5); Bellingham: 41 (Schilder 11). Assists — Squalicum: 12 (Mitchell 5); Bellingham: 23 (Hofstetter 7). Fouls — Squalicum: 19; Bellingham: 16 (Check). Turnovers — Squalicum: 8; Bellingham: 14.