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Sports Blog: Northwest Conference 1A girls’ basketball teams ‘battle tested’

The Class 1A girls’ basketball teams of the Northwest Conference have it rough. Not only are all four of them (Lynden Christian, Meridian, Nooksack Valley and Mount Baker) probably playoff-caliber, but they also have to face the likes of 2A teams Lynden, Burlington-Edison and Anacortes and 3A Ferndale.

Only three of the four 1A teams will make the postseason and as I’ve said here before, the race will be exciting to watch. But once they get to the postseason, how will they fare?

Meridian coach Mark Gilmore thinks the 1A teams that make it, whomever they may be, will do very well.

“Teams up here in the conference are so strong,” Gilmore said in a phone interview. “They’re already battle tested once they get to the playoffs.”

LC certainly showed that last year on its way to a state title and the same may happen this season.

The Northwest Conference already played quite well as a whole against teams from outside the conference through holiday tournaments. The NWC went 22-16 over the holiday season.

Gilmore does have a point here and I think it applies to really any NWC team. There are some great teams in this conference for girls’ basketball. For 1As the case gets even stronger.

“If we get into the playoffs, I feel confident once we’re there because of the conference,” Gilmore said. “A team could be a lot better than their record.”

The trick will be getting to the playoffs and Gilmore’s Trojans get a chance to bolster their 3-0 conference record against Lynden on Friday, Jan. 9, at Meridian High School. The game starts at 6:15 p.m. and the boys’ game follows it.

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