High School Basketball

CLASS 1A GIRLS’ REGIONAL: Lynden Christian vs. Montesano

Lynden Christian Lyncs

Enrollment: 251

League: Northwest Conference

District: 1

State appearances: 35

State titles: 10 (1979, 1980, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2014)

Coach: Brady Bomber

Projected starting lineup

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Makayla Lancaster G Sr. 5-6 4.4
Kara Bajema F Jr. 6-1 14.8
Sara Dougan P Sr. 6-4 10.3
Avery Dykstra G Fr. 5-9 3.8
Shaye Brandsma G Jr. 5-9 1.5

Scouting the Lyncs: After winning the Class 1A state title a season ago, Lynden Christian entered the 2014-15 season with a new coach and different schemes. Still, the Lyncs rolled through the Northwest Conference undefeated, using their strong defense to win games despite the ups and downs on the offensive end.

Key to the game: Get Kara Bajema open looks early. The junior and reigning All-Whatcom County Player of the Year can be streaky at times from long range, but when she’s on, it’s impossible to stop.

Player to watch: Sara Dougan is the heart of the Lyncs’ defense. Her length and speed will stuff up the middle and force errant shots.

Key Stats

5-11The average height of the Lyncs’ lengthy starting five 27.8The average margin of victory for Montesano this season.

Montesano Bulldogs

Enrollment: 297

League: 1A Evergreen

District: 4

State appearances: 8

State titles: 0

Coach: Julie Graves

Projected starting lineup

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Jordan Spradlin P So. 6-1 19.9
Megan Choate G Sr. 5-5 14.1
Shayla Floch G So. 5-7 6.9
Cortney Miller P Jr. 5-8 5.7
Myranda Floch W Sr. 5-7 3.3

Scouting the Bulldogs: The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs have walked through everybody on their schedule, beating opponents by an average of 27.8 points per game, including a 65-11 win in the opening round of the district tournament. But Montesano has had its challenges as well, including two one-point wins and an overtime game.

Key to the game: Confidence. The Bulldogs are coming off an overtime win in the district championship. It was the first time they were tested in nearly two months. Has that made them believe more or less in the special season this team has had so far?

Player to watch: Jordan Spradlin is a huge presence inside, averaging 19.9 points.