High School Basketball

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ REGIONAL: Blaine vs. White River

Blaine Borderites

Enrollment: 474

League: Northwest Conference

District: 1

State appearances: 13

State titles: 0

Coach: Ryan Pike

Projected starting lineup

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Mandy Hayes G Sr. 5-9 13.2
Taylor V’Dovec F Sr. 5-11 10.0
Breanna Chau G Sr. 5-6 7.9
Mikayla Deming F Sr. 5-11 6.1
Kjirstin Larson F Jr. 5-10 3.3

Scouting the Borderites: Blaine has had two different sides to its season. The first half of the year, the Borderites went 1-9. The second half, Blaine went 11-3. The Borderites were stuck finding their footing after two starters graduated and one was injured. The chemistry is back now, and with a trio of star seniors, this team has the drive to make this year count.

Key to the game: Finding openings for Mandy Hayes. Blaine’s only loss in February came against Lynden, when the Lions denied Hayes the ball — she only scored two points. If she can get hot from 3, the Borderites become very dangerous.

Player to watch: Breanna Chau may not score many points, but she’s the engine of this team.

Key Stats

4Consecutive trips to the state regional round for Blaine. 31Margin by which White River beat Blaine on Dec. 29.

WHITE RIVER Hornets

Enrollment: 857

League: 2A SPSL

District: 3

State appearances: 20

State titles: 0

Coach: Chris Gibson

Projected starting lineup

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Amanda Lance G Sr. 5-7 16.4
Kendall Bird F So. 6-1 16.4
Kristin Sturdivan G Sr. 5-11 9.1
Darian Gore F Jr. 6-2 5.8
Maci Goethals G So. 5-7 5.3

Scouting the Hornets: White River has two college-level talents in Amanda Lance, who has committed to Western Washington University, and Kendall Bird. The inside-out game of the Hornets is potent, as the Hornets dropped 81 points when they played the Borderites at the Cloud 9 Christmas Classic. But 81 wasn’t an aberration for White River, which has scored 80 three times this year.

Key to the game: Let the stars be stars. Amanda Lance and Kendall Bird are an incredibly effective duo. If the Hornets just keep feeding them the ball, there’s very little Blaine can do to stop them.

Player to watch: Amanda Lance, has the experience, drive and talent to carve up defenses.

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