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Lynden Christian dominates Meridian, advances to regionals

Grace Hintz scores game-high 15 points in 62-12 win

By Mathew Callaghan Sports Intern

LYNDEN — A total team effort from Lynden Christian girls basketball helped secure the Lyncs a state regional berth following a 62-12 win against Meridian in the 1A District 1 consolation final on Friday, Feb. 16 at Lynden High School.

Lynden Christian (17-7) now awaits regional seeding for the 16-team bracket. Meridian’s season ends with a 7-17 overall record. The Trojans will graduate three seniors.

“We talk a lot about being a star in our role,” Lynden Christian head coach Brady Bomber said. “Trying to be the best version of us. I thought our girls came in [and did their job], whether they played a lot of minutes or if they only got a couple minutes in the fourth quarter.”

Junior guard Grace Hintz led the Lyncs with a game-high 15 points, while junior guard Danta Dykstra and junior forward Allison Shumate both had nine points.

Lynden Christian junior guard Makalie Tveter makes a pass from the ground. (Finn Wendt/Cascadia Daily News)

Freshman guard Maddy Swanson led Meridian with four points, while junior guard Brooklyn Fuller and sophomore guard Kinsley Neal both had three.

Lynden Christian wasted no time, ripping off a 16-0 run to start the game. Hintz assisted on multiple layups in transitions and hit a pair of jumpers to get the momentum going. Active hands and deflections for Lynden Christian made it difficult for Meridian to get shots up as the Lyncs racked up steal after steal. Lynden Christian led 25-2 after one quarter.

LC’s tenacious defense did not stop in the second quarter as they forced travels, double dribbles and passed the ball around on offense until they found the right shot. Unable to pull down defensive rebounds, LC was able to feast in the interior and took a 38-9 lead going into halftime.

More of the same came in the second half as Meridian was slow to get back on defense and remained stagnant on the offensive end. The only points in the third quarter for Meridian came from a pair of free throws.

Meridian junior guard Brooklyn Fuller drives into open space to take a shot. (Finn Wendt/Cascadia Daily News)

LC led 54-11 after three quarters before cruising the rest of the way for the win.

Meridian coach Bree Joy said although it was a tough end for the Trojans’ seniors, she’s hopeful for next season with all but three players returning next year.

“We took steps all year to get here,” Joy said. “They’re a young team and there’s a lot to build o. At glimpses, I want them to see they can play with the best. It’s no secret that Lynden Christian is one of the best right now.”

The Lyncs are now setting their sights on making it as far in the tournament as they can. Hintz said she’s been a part of some great LC teams in the past, but she believes there is something different about this year’s team.

“Off the court, our chemistry is amazing,” Hintz said. “I’ve been playing with a lot of these girls since I was very little … We just know each other, we know what our strengths are. And I think we’re super selfless. We just want to win it for the team and not ourselves.”

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