High School Basketball

Top-ranked Lynden Christian seemed destined for 1A title game

Lynden Christian celebrates beating Cashmere 51-40 in a 1A girls’ state quarterfinal Thursday, March 3, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
Lynden Christian celebrates beating Cashmere 51-40 in a 1A girls’ state quarterfinal Thursday, March 3, at the Yakima Valley SunDome. eabell@bhamherald.com

Lynden Christian went 24-2 to reach the Class 1A State Championship Game for the second time in three seasons. Take a quick look back and how the Lyncs got to the big game.

Nov. 30 at Anacortes

LYNDEN CHR. 54, ANACORTES 47

Kara Bajema scored 15 points and Haley Hollander had 11 in the Lyncs’ season-opening win.

Dec. 4 at Archbishop Murphy

LYNDEN CHR. 52, ARCH. MURPHY 40

Bajema scored 17, Sam Van Loo had 11 and Riley Van Hulzen and Hollander each grabbed eight rebounds.

Dec. 5 at Blaine

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 48, BLAINE 19

Bajema scored 14 points and Hollander and Avery Dykstra each chipped in eight in a non-league win.

Dec. 8 at Lynden Christian

LYNDEN CHR. 76, SEDRO-WOOL. 27

Van Loo logged 18 points and 10 rebounds and Emmalee Bailey added 12 points in a non-league victory.

Dec. 14 at Bellingham

LYNDEN CHR. 61, BELLINGHAM 31

Dykstra recorded 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Lyncs to a win in their Northwest Conference opener.

Dec. 17 at Lynden Christian

LYNDEN CHR. 73, SQUALICUM 33

Van Loo scored 18 and Isabela Hernandez added 14 points and nine rebounds in the Lyncs’ NWC victory.

Dec. 19 at ShoWare Center, Kent

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 43, KENTLAKE 33

Van Loo had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Bajema scored 15 as the Lyncs’ beat a 4A opponent.

Dec. 29 at Lynden Christian

LYNDEN CHR. 57, WHITE RIVER 49

Hollander had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lyncs to a win in the first day of their Christmas classic.

Dec. 30 at Lynden Christian

LYNDEN CHR. 68, GLACIER PEAK 62

Bajema scored 29 points — 21 of which came in the second half — to help the Lyncs beat a 3A school.

Jan. 2 at Snohomish

SNOHOMISH 45, LYNDEN CHR. 38

Bajema and Van Loo each scored 14, but the Lyncs suffered their first loss to the eventual 4A state finalist.

Jan. 5 at Sedro-Woolley

LYNDEN CHR. 48, SEDRO-WOOL. 38

Van Loo had 13 points and 10 rebounds, as the Lyncs bounced back with a NWC victory.

Jan. 8 at Sehome

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 56, SEHOME 28

Van Loo scored 16, Hollander and Dykstra each had 10 and the Lyncs grabbed an NWC win without Bajema.

Jan. 12 at Lynden Christian

LYNDEN CHR. 71, BURLINGTON-ED. 58

Van Loo had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Emmalee Bailey scored eight crucial points in a big NWC win.

Jan. 14 at Meridian

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 54, MERIDIAN 31

Bajema and Van Loo each scored 16 points, while Hollander and Dykstra each had seven in an NWC win.

Jan. 19 at Lynden Christian

LYNDEN CHR. 59, ANACORTES 42

Van Loo had 13 points, Dykstra had 12 and Shaye Brandsma had six points and four assists in LC’s victory.

Jan. 22 at Lynden Christian

LYNDEN 55, LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 45

The Lyncs went cold in the second half and suffered their only NWC loss to the eventual 2A state finalist.

Jan. 29 at Lynden Christian

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 53, BLAINE 14

Riley Van Hulzen pulled down 10 rebounds and the Lyncs limited Blaine to 15 shot attempts in the NWC victory.

Jan. 30 at Lynden Christian

LYNDEN CHR. 66, NOOKSACK VAL. 40

LC hit 10 3-pointers, Bajema scored 17 and Bailey added 14 points in the Lyncs’ NWC win.

Feb. 2 at Ferndale

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 79, FERNDALE 55

LC hit 12 of its first 13 field-goal attempts, and Bajema, Dykstra, Hernandez and Hollander all scored double figures.

Feb. 4 at Mount Baker

LYNDEN CHR. 59, MOUNT BAKER 39

LC out scored Mount Baker 20-1 in the third to erase a one-point halftime deficit and win its regular-season finale.

Feb. 9 at Lynden Christian

LYNDEN CHR. 48, NOOKSACK VAL. 31

Dykstra scored 12 points and the Lyncs played strong defense to win in the district semifinals.

Feb. 13 at Mount Vernon

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 53, KING’S 46

Strong defense, Bajema’s 16 points and Hollander’s 15 helped the Lyncs lock up a district title and state berth.

Feb. 19 at Mountlake Terrace

LYNDEN CHR. 59, SEATTLE ACAD. 38

Hernandez scored 18 points off the bench, Bajema added 13 and Van Loo 12 to help LC win a bi-district crown.

Feb. 26 at Mount Vernon

LYNDEN CHR. 72, CHAR. WRIGHT 34

The Lyncs used their size advantage and unselfish play, including Dykstra’s seven assists, to claim a regional win.

March 3 at Yakima Valley SunDome

LYNDEN CHR. 51, CASHMERE 40

Bajema scored 16, Hollander added 14 and Bailey hit two big 3-pointers, as LC held on in the state quarterfinals.

March 4 at Yakima Valley SunDome

LYNDEN CHR. 53, GRANGER 30

Bajema scored 16 points in the first half, as the Lyncs utilized a noticeable size advantage in the state semifinals.

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