High School Basketball

Lions take over top spot with huge week

eabell@bhamherald.com

What a week the Lions had. Facing a two-game week against Mount Baker and Lynden Christian, Lynden might have been happy with a split, but the Lions beat the Mountaineers and Lyncs. Leading the cause was Sterling Somers, who has been seemingly unstoppable. He scored 39 against Baker and went for 26 against LC. During the past four games Somers is averaging 28.3 points.

1. Lynden (previous rank: 4): First Mount Baker in double OT and then a road win over previously unbeaten Lynden Christian. The Lions had quite the week and now take over the top spot.

2. Lynden Christian (previous rank: 1): Can’t take anything away from the Lyncs. LC looked great against Lynden, but with so many quality league teams, losing a game seemed bound to happen.

3. Squalicum (previous rank: 2): The Storm have won five straight and punctuated its run with a huge road win over top 10-ranked Anacortes. Squalicum is locked in a virtual three-way tie with Lynden and LC.

4. Anacortes (previous rank: 3): The Seahawks have now lost back-to-back games for the second time this year, but expect Anacortes to bounce back.

5. Mount Baker (previous rank: 5): The Mountaineers gave Lynden just about everything it could handle in taking them to double overtime. Baker gets another big test next week facing Anacortes.

6. Ferndale (previous rank: 6): The Golden Eagles have reeled off four straight wins and are rolling. Big tests are on the horizon with back-to-back road games against Lynden and Lynden Christian.

7. Sehome (previous rank: 8): As the Mariners’ young players mature, this teams seems to be getting better and better. Sehome is right in the thick of the race for a district berth.

8. Burlington-Edison (previous rank: 12): The Tigers lost to Blaine earlier this season, but right now they are playing better than the Borderites. This past week was huge for Burlington-Edison, going 2-0.

9. Blaine (previous rank: 9): The Borderites are 3-3 during their last six games, but surely they would have liked to play better during its recent 72-55 loss to Sehome, which was a winnable game.

10. Sedro-Woolley (previous rank: 10): After a six-game losing streak, the Cubs have won two of their last three and are relevant again in the race for a 2A district berth.

11. Nooksack Valley (previous rank: 7): What started out as a promising season has turned south the past three weeks for the Pioneers. Nooksack Valley is working through a six-game losing skid.

12. Meridian (previous rank: 11): Give the Trojans credit for playing Burlington-Edison tough and taking the Tigers to overtime. Meridian has four games left to prep for postseason play, and a win surely would do wonders for its confidence.

13. Bellingham (previous rank: 13): With Johnny Larson back, the Red Raiders are playing better. They nearly beat Blaine but took a lopsided loss to Ferndale and have tough matchups left.

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