Burlington-Edison likely enjoyed its best girls’ basketball game and Lynden coach Rob Adams agreed the Lions surely suffered through their worst.
That accounts for the Tigers’ surprisingly lopsided 69-46 Northwest League win on Tuesday, Jan. 26, ending the Lions’ 12-game winning streak.
Burlington coach Bruce Shearer, whose team has spent much of the season atop the state Class 2A rankings, put it best:
“You could see our potential,” he said with a smile.
Indeed, the Tigers were far more than just league scoring leader Edie Breckenridge, whose game-high 20 points, including three 3-pointers in the second quarter, were about a point above her average.
Katie Rodriguez scored a career-high 18 for Burlington (14-2, 6-2 NWC) and fellow senior guard Tyra Lopez shot 6 for 9 for 17 points with three 3-pointers. Sophomore Allyson Ray contributed 8 points and solid defense.
“Katie Rodriguez has been our No. 6 player and this was a breakout game for her,” Shearer said of his quick senior, who had six steals and helped the Tigers race to a 14-0 lead after 4½ minutes.
Elisa Kooiman, second in the league scoring race, matched her average with 18 points for the Lions (14-2, 7-1), who had given up more than 46 points only once this season.
The Tigers shot to a 38-24 halftime bulge while hitting 16 of 32 field-goal attempts. They finished with at least a dozen steals, creating most of Lynden’s uncharacteristic 17 turnovers while Burlington made only five.
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN …
… Breckenridge made four steals late in the third and early in the fourth quarters, leading to eight points and a 57-35 advantage. The ever-hustling senior guard finished 7 for 13 from the field.
PLAY OF THE NIGHT
When Jasmyne Neria and Mariah Gonzalez hit hoops early in the third quarter, cutting Lynden’s deficit to 38-28, Lopez immediately responded with her third 3-pointer and scored on a drive, showing the Tigers likely would not wilt.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Lions likely will have to win their final four league games to assure themselves a No. 1 seed in the Northwest District playoffs.
Lynden will visit another imposing opponent, NWC title contender Ferndale, on Friday, Jan. 29, before the Lions finish the regular season against Sehome, Bellingham and Squalicum.
Burlington-Edison 69, Lynden 46
Burlington-Edison: Edie Breckenridge 20, Katie Rodriguez 18, Tyra Lopez 17, Allyson Ray 8, Brandy Smith 4, Jazzlynn Woods 2, Annaleis Reyes-Guzman 0, Lexy Watson 0, Shannon Husband 0. Totals 27-55 7-13 69.
Lynden: Elisa Kooiman 18, Mariah Gonzalez 5, Jasmyne Neria 8, Lauren Zwiers 2, Emily Holt 2, Sierra Smith 0, Natalie Amos 2, Heidi Lankhaar 3, Olivia Bonsen 0, Kyla Bonsen 3, Ali VanZanten 2, Morgan Black 1. Totals 15-36 13-19 46.