Lions coach Brian Roper this year hadn’t witnessed a long-range shooting display as sweet as the one Lynden exhibited against Ferndale Thursday night. Not even at practice.
“Trust me.” Roper said. “We don’t shoot that well on shooting drills when no one is guarding us.”
Led by Noah King’s perfect 4 for 4 night, Lynden shot 12 of 18 from beyond the arc and ran away with a 70-42 Northwest Conference win against the Golden Eagles at Lynden High School.
I liked the 23 assists, and when you shoot 12 of 18 from 3 life is pretty good.
Lynden coach Brian Roper
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King scored a game-high 20 points, Sterling Somers added 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and Andrew Kivlighn made three of his four 3-point attempts to finish with 13 points.
The win was the seventh straight for the No. 3-ranked Lions (16-1, 8-1 NWC). Ferndale (11-7, 6-4) snapped its five-game win streak with the loss.
Austin Honeycutt scored a team-high 18 points and hauled in eight rebounds, and Sky Freeman chipped in nine points in what was Ferndale’s lowest scoring output of the year.
That was due in large part to Lynden’s high-energy defense.
Ferndale raced out to a 7-5 lead halfway through the first quarter, but the Lions ramped up their pressure and held the Golden Eagles to seven points over the next 11 minutes of the half.
66.7Lynden’s 3-point shooting percentage (12 of 18) during its win over Ferndale
Lynden built a 36-14 halftime advantage, and the win was never in jeopardy during the final 16 minutes.
“We’ve spent a lot of time in the gym,” said King when asked about Lynden’s strong shooting night. “We know we can be good, we want to be good and we are just going to spend the time to do it. It’s been working.”
Game ball goes to ...
What King delivered to the Lions can’t be overlooked, but Somers was two rebounds away from a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Those are pretty gaudy numbers for a high school basketball game.
Turning point of the game
With four minutes left in the first quarter, Lynden extended its zone defense to put more pressure on Ferndale’s ball handlers, and suddenly the Golden Eagles’ offense disappeared. Coach Brian Roper praised his team’s high-energy defense afterward.
Lynden 70, Ferndale 42
Ferndale: Sky Freeman 9, Hunter Crim 0, Garett Holmes 5, Kyler Lagerwey 2, John Weg 6, Riley Hunt 0, Jackson King 1, Austin Honeycutt 18, Dane Larsen 1.
Lynden: Noah King 20, Sterling Somers 14, Connor Shine 0, Andrew Kivlighn 13, Christian Zamora 8, Davis Bode 2, James Marsh 6, Blake Silves 5, Dawson Ohligschlager 0, Kobe Elsner 2.