High School Basketball

Lynden girls looking to power past Liberty in 2A regional

Lynden’s Elisa Kooiman shoots and scores over Burlington-Edison’s Jazzlynn Woods Jan. 26 at Lynden High School.
Lynden’s Elisa Kooiman shoots and scores over Burlington-Edison’s Jazzlynn Woods Jan. 26 at Lynden High School. eabell@bhamherald.com

Lynden vs. Liberty

6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Renton High School

Lynden Lions (20-3)

Enrollment: 592.0

League: Northwest Conference (tied for first)

District: Northwest (second)

State appearances: 12 (20-20)

State titles: 1 (2009)

Coach: Rob Adams

Leading scorers

Player

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

PPG

Elisa Kooiman

G

Jr.

5-11

17.9

Jasmyne Neira

G

Jr.

5-7

7.7

Sierra Smith

G

So.

5-4

7.4

Mariah Gonzalez

F

Jr.

5-9

5.1

Natalie Amos

G

So.

5-7

4.6

Scouting the Lions: Lynden stumbled on its way to a third straight district title, falling 51-41 to Anacortes in the district championship game. Anacortes owns two of third-ranked Lynden’s three losses this year. The other went to Ferndale.

Key to the game: Minimize turnovers. No. 3 Lynden dug itself a hole in the district title game, failing to put up more then seven field goal attempts in each of the first three quarters against Anacortes.

Player to watch: Kooiman has scored in double figures in every game but two this year, but Lynden must find ways to get her some help.

Liberty Patriots (10-14)

Enrollment: 891.8

League: KingCo 2A/3A (fifth)

District: West Central/SeaKing (third)

State appearances: 4 (3-8)

State titles: None

Coach: Carly Fromdahl

Leading scorers

Player

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

PPG

Samantha Kelderman

G/PF

Jr.

5-10

*15.6

Sydney Argosino

SG

So.

5-9

*6.9

Presley Sweeney

PG

So.

5-5

*4.1

Alissa Campbell

G/PF

Sr.

6-0

*3.4

Savannah Metzger

SG

Sr.

5-9

*2.6

*Full season statistics not available

Scouting the Patriots: Liberty won three straight games to advance to the bi-district semifinals before losing 71-53 to White River. The Patriots rebounded to beat Port Angeles 39-33.

Key to the game: Keep it close. The Patriots dug themselves a 26-5 first-quarter hole against White River in the bi-district semifinals. They can’t afford more of that against Lynden, or they’ll find themselves at home next weekend.

Player to watch: Kelderman is the only Patriot averaging in double figures this season, so they need a big game out of her.

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Herald prediction

Kooiman and Lynden simply have too much for Liberty and should find themselves back in Yakima for a third straight year.

LYNDEN 56-42

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