High School Basketball

Pioneers’ defense stymies Red Raiders

Nooksack Valley held Bellingham to just four and three points in the second and third quarters, respectively, en route to a 48-30 Northwest Conference win on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Bellingham.

Mariah Perry led the Pioneers’ (12-7, 5-6 NWC) balanced offense with 12 points. Brianna Turner added 10 and Payton Linville had eight.

“The team kept fighting hard to the end, and that’s all we can ask of them,” Bellingham coach Ed Wissing said in a phone interview. “Credit to Nooksack for the way they started and sustained that energy through three quarters. Perry is always consistent for them and had a couple of buckets in each quarter, and Linville started hot with a couple of 3s, but it was their defense that did it for them.”

Joelle Zamora led the Red Raiders (3-14, 0-9) with 12 points, and four other Bellingham players added four points apiece, including Paige and Autumn Jacobsen.

“Paige did really great rebounding (team-high eight rebounds), and Autumn, when she got her chance she shined in attacking the basket,” Wissing added.

Bellingham looks to bounce back against Lynden at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at home. Nooksack Valley takes on Blaine at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at home.

Nooksack Valley 48, Bellingham 30

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Nooksack Valley: Arlissa Oettel 2, Maddy Myhre 0, Payton Linville 8, Rachel Sande 0, Nikki VanderHeiden 0, Mariah Perry 12, Emelia Gimmaka 6, Olivia Berkan 2, Cassidy Zylstra 0, Katrina Gimmaka 4, Brianna Turner 10, Lacey Johnson 4. Totals: FT: 4-4 48.

Bellingham: Kylie Clark 4, Lindsey Richard 0, Jacquie Estrada 0, Susie Bennett 4, Emily Benson 0, Joelle Zamora 12, Paige Jacobsen 4, Autumn Jacobsen 4, Sarahbeth Pemble 2. Totals: FT: 3-7 30.

3-point field goals — Nooksack Valley: 2 (Linville 2); Bellingham: 3 (Zamora 3). Rebounds — Nooksack Valley: n/a; Bellingham: 22 (P. Jacobsen 8). Assists — Nooksack Valley: n/a; Bellingham: 3 (3 with 1). Fouls — Nooksack Valley: 11; Bellingham: 4. Turnovers — Nooksack Valley: n/a; Bellingham: 12.

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