High School Basketball

Borderites keep Pioneers at bay

Blaine’s girls’ basketball team held on to defeat Nooksack Valley in a low-scoring Northwest Conference game, 45-42 on Friday, Feb. 6, at Nooksack Valley.

The Pioneers’ loss dropped them to 12-8 overall and 5-7 in the NWC, and into a three-way tie for second place among 1A schools in the conference with Mount Baker and Meridian. The 1A trio will play a mini-playoff at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Lynden Christian. LC owns the No. 1 seed for the conference’s 1A schools and the No. 2 and 3 seeds will be determined at the mini-playoff. One team will be eliminated.

Breanna Chau and Taylor V’Dovec tied for Blaine’s team lead in points, with nine points.

“We were down six going into the final quarter and Blaine executed nicely down the stretch,” Nooksack Valley coach Shane Wichers said in a phone interview. “It was just low-scoring. There was only really one defensive stop, but the kids played hard.”

Mariah Perry led the Pioneers with 13 points.

Blaine (9-11, 8-4) is off until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, when it hosts the Cascade Conference’s 2A No. 3 seed.

Blaine 45, Nooksack Valley 42


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Blaine: Barb Pocus 2, Lyric Berry 0, Breanna Chau 9, Makayah Veliz 6, Josie Deming 2, Mikayla Deming 7, Kjirstin Larson 2, Mandy Hayes 2, Kiana Gray 6, Taylor V’Dovec 9. Totals: 18-42 3-5 45.

Nooksack Valley: Arlissa Oettel 6, Payton Linville 3, Mariah Perry 13, Emelia Gimmaka 5, Olivia Berkan 2, Katrina Gimmaka 2, Brianna Turner 7, Lacey Johnson 4. Totals: 15-60 9-14 42.

3-point field goals — Blaine: 6 (Chau, Veliz 2); Nooksack Valley: 3 (Perry 2). Rebounds — no information provided. Assists — no information provided. Fouls — Blaine: 12; Nooksack Valley: 9. Turnovers — Blaine: 10; Nooksack Valley: 19.