One thing was readily apparent throughout the Lynden Christian-Ferndale girls' basketball game: The Lyncs have a tenacious defense.
It's not the only time I've left a Lynden Christian game believing that, with last week's 38-32 win over Lynden being another example, but last night in the second quarter, it was simply impressive.
The Lyncs forced a good Golden Eagles squad into six turnovers in their first seven possessions, and they finished the quarter by forcing four consecutive turnovers, as well.
Ferndale coach Mike Ivy, who saw his team commit 15 turnovers and go 7 of 22 from the floor in the first half, commended the Lyncs' defensive effort following Lynden Christian's 48-43 Northwest Conference win. Ivy also recognized that his team, to some extent, was helping them out.
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"I can take the forced turnovers, but the unforced turnovers - we were throwing the ball away too much," Ivy said after the game.
In particular, the play of the Lyncs' guards, Sally Vlas and Makayla Lancaster, seemed to set the tempo as their constant on-ball pressure disrupted the flow of Ferndale's offense. And as the postseason draws closer, if the Lyncs' defense continues to hold teams to 36 points per game, as it's done through seven conference games this season, Lynden Christian will have a good chance at making a deep state run.