High School Basketball

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ REGIONAL: Black Hills vs. Lynden

Black Hills Wolves

Enrollment: 729

League: Evergreen 2A Conference

District: 4

State appearances: 12

State titles: 0

Coach: Tanya Greenfield

Projected starting lineup

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Shayla Smothers F Sr. 6-0 15.7
Emma Duff W So. 5-10 10.9
Meeri Gummerus F Jr. 6-0 10.4
Lauren Furu G Sr. 5-9 6.6
Lindsey Nurmi G Fr. 5-5 5.7

Scouting the Wolves: The Wolves have competed against some of the best across all the classes, including going toe to toe with undefeated Class 1A Montesano. The Wolves, after losing to Washougal in the opening round of the district tournament, have won three straight, including a two-point victory over Hockinson to snag the No. 3 seed out of District 4.

Key to the game: Shayla Smothers may be the star down low, but the Wolves have three players all near 6-foot that score, and if they can spread the floor and use their size, it’s a tough matchup.

Player to watch: Shayla Smothers is a great interior player and has plenty to play for in her last year on the high school hardwood.

Key Stats

4Straight Black Hills opening round losses at state since 2008. 73Postseason points for Elisa Kooiman in three games.

Lynden Lions

Enrollment: 592

League: Northwest Conference

District: 1

State appearances: 12

State titles: 1 (2009)

Coach: Rob Adams

Projected starting lineup

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Elisa Kooiman F So. 5-11 17.2
Kaitlyn Mark F Sr. 5-10 14.2
Mandy Warner G Sr. 5-3 5.0
Jasmyne Neria G So. 5-8 6.5
Mariah Gonzalez F So. 5-10 2.8

Scouting the Lions: Lynden has had a roller coaster season. The Lions were cruising through Northwest Conference play before three consecutive losses by a combined 12 points put them out of the race for the NWC title. But this young squad learned how to play well down the stretch in games, winning an overtime game and a two-point game on its way to district title and a state berth.

Key to the game: Rebounding and limiting turnovers. Black Hills boasts a very big, physical squad, and the Lions have struggled against those types of teams this season.

Player to watch: Elisa Kooiman is a star, averaging 17.2 points per game and has become a much-improved defender.