High School Basketball

Moore’s big second leads Storm over Mounties, Soares

Harper Moore scored 13 points in the second half and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to overcome Timothy Soares’ 20-point night for Mount Baker and lead Squalicum’s boys’ basketball team to a 60-54 Northwest Conference win over Mount Baker on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Squalicum.

“It was senior night and (Moore) celebrated,” Squalicum coach Dave Dickson said in a phone interview. “He got open shots and hit them. He had three 3s in the second half.”

Squalicum (13-5, 8-2 NWC) also got 13 points from Josiah Westbrook, and 10 from Damek Mitchell, who added eight assists.

The Mountaineers (6-13, 2-8) led by seven at halftime, but the Storm surged back in the second half.

“We got a little fired up at the half and got excited to make a better effort,” Dickson said.

Soares added eight rebounds for Baker, tied for the team lead with TJ Bass, who also added 13 points.

Squalicum plays next at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at Burlington-Edison. Mount Baker hosts Lynden Christian at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at home.

Squalicum 60, Mount Baker 54

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Mount Baker: Keenan Gray 8, Jed Schleimer 0, Mason Bass 2, Colton Ranson 6, Engholm 0, Thomas Barbo 0, TJ Bass 13, Grant Balvanz 5, Timothy Soares 20. Totals: 21-50 8-16 54.

Squalicum: Harper Moore 15, Noah Westerhoff 9, Josh Vail 0, Darious Powell 7, Damek Mitchell 10, Josiah Westbrook 13, Ben Tripp 0, Chris Paz 6, Raja Sidhau 0. Totals: 23-61 7-15 60.

3-point field goals — Mount Baker: 4 (Gray 2); Squalicum: 7 (Moore 3). Rebounds — Mount Baker: 28 (TJ Bass, Soares 8); Squalicum: 32 (Moore 9). Assists — Mount Baker: n/a; Squalicum: 13 (Mitchell 8). Fouls — Mount Baker: 18 (Soares); Squalicum: 14. Turnovers — Mount Baker: 10; Squalicum: 7.

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