The Nooksack Valley girls’ basketball team was overmatched against No. 5-ranked King’s, falling to the Knights 76-31 during a Class 1A District Tournament semifinal game Wednesday, Feb. 11, at King’s.
“They shot the ball real well. They got out and ran and were really quick,” Pioneers coach Shane Wichers said in a phone interview. “Obviously on defense they got really into us, and we had a hard time getting anything established.”
The defeat was easily the most lopsided of the year for the Pioneers (13-9).
No Nooksack Valley player scored in double figures. Emelia Gimmaka scored a team-high seven points, Katrina Gimmaka added six and Payton Linville chipped in five.
The Pioneers trailed 15-4 after the first quarter and 44-15 by half.
“(They had) in-you-face ball pressure, and that pressure kind of got to us,” said Wichers of King’s, which pressed nearly the entire game. “They would deny, and we just struggled.”
Next for Nooksack Valley is a loser-out, winner-to-tri-district game against Cedar Park Christian at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.
King’s 76, Nooksack Valley 31
Nooksack Valley: Arlissa Oettel 1, Maddy Myhre 0, Payton Linville 5, Rachel Sande 2, Nikki VanderHeiden 2, Mariah Perry 4, Emelia Gimmaka 7, Olivia Berkan 0, Cassidy Zylstra 2, Katrina Gimmaka 6, Brianna Turner 0, Lacey Johnson 2. Totals: 9-15 (FT) 31.
King's: Ashley Osborn 15, Casey Kispert 14, Maddie Nielsen 6, Kendall Adams 4, Kenzie Schwab xx, Marilyn Jones 2, Hannah Echelbarger 0, Daylee Hanson 8, Anna Parker 10, Abbi Echelbarger 4, Savanna Hanson 13, Audrey Friedline 0, Bella Galindo 0. Totals: 7-10 (FT) 76.