Lynden Christian blitzes Grizzlies

MOUNT VERNON — Lynden Christian girls’ basketball coach Curt De Haan and starting guard Courtney Hollander didn’t elaborate on the message their lopsided win over Hoquiam sends to the seven other Class 1A teams who’ll be in Yakima next week vying for a state title

They didn’t need to. LC’s 32-minute masterpiece spoke for itself.

Lynden Christian allowed just one first-half field goal, created 28 turnovers and rolled to a 72-11 win over Hoquiam during the Region I Class 1A girls basketball tournament Friday at Mount Vernon.

Making their first post-district appearance since 2003, the Grizzlies concluded their season with a 15-10 record.

Lynden Christian entered Friday’s contest allowing 26 points per game in the postseason. LC impressed once again, this time holding the Grizzlies to 4 of 36 shooting from the field.

Four Lyncs reached double figures. Kayla Tiemersma scored a game-high 12 points to go with her team- high seven rebounds. Sally Vlas and Hollander each scored 11 points, while Hollander added a game-high eight assists and Karley De Jager finished with 10 points.

Chelsy Stewart and Ellie Quercia scored four points apiece for Hoquiam. Stewart led HHS rebounders with four.

In the first six minutes of the game, Lynden Christian forced 12 turnovers, made Hoquiam burn three timeouts and built a 21-2 lead.

Hollander had five steals during the span, and Hoquiam committed 15 turnovers in the first quarter.

“We mixed it up,” De Haan said of his defense. “I think we ran three different looks in the first quarter, and all three of them worked well for us. With our quickness we like to get out and run, and we made quite a few transition hoops tonight.”

Lynden Christian’s defense followed up its two-point first quarter by shutting out Hoquiam in the second quarter. Vlas scored seven of her 11 points in the frame, and the Lyncs took a 43-2 lead into halftime.

Hoquiam shot just 1-of-20 in the first half, while Lynden Christian shot 17-of-33 in the first two quarters thanks to crisp heads-up passing.

Vanessa Doyle ended a Grizzly drought by scoring with 4:21 left in the third quarter. It was Hoquiam’s first field goal since the 3:50 mark in the first.

“I didn’t have them prepared enough for a great team,” Hoquiam coach Chad Allan said. “We weren’t prepared for the type of pressure we faced. The girls worked hard, they fought hard to the end. We couldn’t get anything going.”

Allan thanked his players and assistant coaches for their contributions this season.

Hoquiam seniors Stewart, Tiffani Dhooghe, Jessica Madison and Carly Mode closed out their prep careers in the contest.

Hoq 2 0 2 7 — 11 LC 23 20 15 14 — 72

Hoquiam (11) — Quercia 4, C. Stewart 4, Doyle 2, Madison 1, Parker, Dhooghe, Johnson, K. Stewart, Rose, Mode. FG — 3-32 (.094). FT — 3-5.

Lynden Christian (72) — Lancaster, Hollander 3, Bajema 5, Hollander 11, Vlas 11, Aldrich 6, De Jager 10, Dougan 6, Stump 4, Tjoelker, Tiemersma 12, Van Kooten 4. FG — 29-55 (.527). FT — 7-12.