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Sports Blog: 5 predictions for the prep girls’ basketball Northwest Conference season

The Northwest Conference girls’ basketball season resumes Tuesday and there’s plenty of exciting action to come. Here are five predictions for how the season will unfold:

Ferndale ends with the best record and Linsey Honeycutt wins the scoring title. The Golden Eagles are stacked with talent. Honeycutt (21.2 points per game) is fantastic down low and trails only Mount Baker’s Emily Yost (23.89 ppg) in points per game thus far. Abby Reid has been the perfect sidekick, as she has 11.6 points per game from the guard. It’s a great inside-out combination and Ferndale will win a lot of games because of it.

A 1A team beats Lynden Christian. The 1As are stacked this year as I’ve mentioned in past blogs. Meridian has turned it around from a poor season a year ago, Nooksack Valley is very good and Mount Baker has the best combo in the league. I don’t know who it’ll be but one of those three will get past the Lyncs, who went 12-0 in the Northwest Conference this year. My bet would be on Nooksack Valley, but any of the three could do it. Lyncs still get the top seed out of the 1As though. Sadly, one of the four won’t make the playoffs. The Northwest Conference gets three teams in the district playoffs which means a very good team will miss out.

A city school makes the playoffs. It appears there are five 2A slots for the Northwest Conference budgeted for the district playoffs. Right now, with most teams having played two conference games, four of those teams would be Lynden, Burlington-Edison, Anacortes and Blaine. The Lions, Tigers and Seahawks are pretty good bets to secure a spot while Blaine will fight with Bellingham, Squalicum, Sehome and Sedro-Woolley for the final two. My guess is Blaine turns around a 1-8 start once Taylor V’Dovec gets back and cruises in. So that leaves three teams for one spot. Squalicum has the best chance in my book with Chalae Wolters leading the way but Sehome has certainly looked better of late. Don’t count out Ed Wissing’s Red Raiders either.

Mount Baker leads the conference in scoring. Brenda Ellis’ Mountaineers like to play fast and Emily Yost and Emily Brandland are some of the best players in the league. They’re currently averaging 64.8 points per game over 10 games and that probably will stay similar all season long. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Mountaineers drop 80 a few times this year. They’ve already done it once.

Three players average more than 20 points per game by the end of the year. Yost and Honeycutt are currently the only two players above the mark. But one more likely will join them. I would think Kaitlyn Mark (17 points per game currently), Taylor V’Dovec (when she returns) or Elisa Kooiman (14.75 points per game right now) could top 20 a game with a few consecutive high-scoring outputs.

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