High School Basketball

LC girls seek 12th straight trip to Yakima with win in 1A regional

Lynden Christian’s Kara Bajema goes for a lay-up during a 36-19 win overCascade Christian in the 2015 Class 1A State Tournament in Yakima.
Lynden Christian’s Kara Bajema goes for a lay-up during a 36-19 win overCascade Christian in the 2015 Class 1A State Tournament in Yakima. eabell@bhamherald.com

Lynden Christian vs. Charles Wright

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Mount Vernon High School

Charles Wright Tarriers (15-6)

Enrollment: 218.0

League: Nisqually (second)

District: West Central (second)

State appearances: 5 (1-10)

State titles: None

Coach: Kate Rue

Leading scorers

Player

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

PPG

Shoni Pritchett

G

Sr.

5-7

18.2

Majestic Moler

G

Sr.

5-8

13.3

Naomi Pikes

G

Fr.

5-6

4.4

Lola Oyetuga

P

Sr.

5-7

4.0

Kaia Valentine

W

Sr.

5-5

3.7

Scouting the Tarriers: Charles Wright advanced to the district title game and clinched its first trip to state since 2005, before falling 48-37 to Bellevue Christian in the district title game. Moler provides a nice second scoring option to Pritchett and is averaging 4.2 steals per game.

Key to the game: The Tarriers are at an obvious size disadvantage with only one player taller than 5-8, so they need to hope their guards can keep Lynden Christian from working the ball inside.

Player to watch: In addition to leading the team in scoring, Pritchett is averaging 9.2 rebounds per game. She’ll need to have a big game for CWA to have any hope.

Lynden Christian Lyncs (21-2)

Enrollment: 251.0

League: Northwest Conference (tied for first)

District: Northwest/SeaKing (first)

State appearances: 35 (104-32)

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

Coach: Brady Bomber

Leading scorers

Player

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

PPG

Kara Bajema

F

Sr.

6-2

14.7

Sam Van Loo

P

So.

6-1

10.8

Haley Hollander

G

Sr.

5-10

8.4

Avery Dykstra

G

So.

5-9

7.2

Isabela Hernandez

F

Fr.

6-0

6.6

Scouting the Lyncs: LC’s only losses this season came against 4A Snohomish and 2A Lynden, and it breezed through the district tournament and to a bi-district title. The Lyncs were the top-ranked team in the final 1A poll, and they have a number of players capable of scoring in double figures.

Key to the game: The Lyncs have good size inside with Bajema and Van Loo. If they can take advantage of that, they’ll likely head to Yakima for a 12th straight year.

Player to watch: Bajema is headed to UW to play volleyball, but she has the basketball skills that also probably could have earned her a scholarship.

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Herald prediction

Charles Wright’s only state playoff win came in 1998, and it’s unlikely the Tarriers will add a second against the Lyncs.

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 61-48

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