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2A Girls Basketball: Lynden Comes From Behind to Defeat W.F. West in Semifinals

W.F. West’s Erika Brumfield grabs a rebound against Lynden on Friday night in the State 2A semifinals in Yakima.

HEARTBREAK: Bearcats Surrender 16-point First Half Lead in Loss to Lions

By Matt Baide
mbaide@chronline.com
YAKIMA – Lynden scored 43 points in the second half, and W.F. West couldn’t find a way to stop the Lions as the Bearcats fell 61-53 in the State 2A Girls Basketball semifinal contest at the Yakima Sun Dome on Friday night.
Shasta Lofgren led the Bearcats with 14 points and Julia Johnson added 13 points. Lynden was led by Elisa Kooiman with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bearcats were 13 of 29 from the free throw line and shot 34 percent from the field while Lynden shot 41 percent from the field.
“We just couldn’t hit shots,” W.F. West coach Tom Kelly said. “…It killed us, that and free throws. …Free throws and just out of sync.”
Kiara Steen fouled out in the fourth quarter, and Kelly said her fouling out was a big reason why the Bearcats couldn’t seem to get their offense going.
“You’ve got to have a backup, and that’s on me,” Kelly said. “I’ve got to do a better job of getting somebody that can come back, you know what I mean, a backup that’s the point guard.”
The first half was all W.F. West, as the Bearcats led by as much as 16 in the first half, but Lynden cut the lead to 29-18 at halftime. Kiara Steen picked up three fouls, forcing freshman Maggie Vadala to come in, as she had three rebounds in nine minutes in the first half.
Lynden came out strong in the third quarter and scored 22 points while W.F. West struggled offensively, allowing the Lions to take a 40-35 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Lynden built up a 12 point lead with 4:50 to go in the fourth, but the Bearcats battled back and cut the lead to two with less than three minutes left in the game. But Lynden was able to get some layups and make some free throws down the stretch to hold off W.F. West in the end.
“They battled, they played hard, what can you say?,” Kelly said. “We thought we could win a state title, we really did and we came pretty close. Tonight, you’ve got to regroup and get over this.”
Lynden outscored W.F. West 22-12 in the paint and had 13 second chance points. The Lions outscored the Bearcat bench 21-4.
The loss sets up a fourth contest between Black Hills and W.F. West at 1 p.m. in the 3rd place game. The Wolves lost 59-55 to Burlington-Edison in the other semifinal game.
“Every time I’ve been at one of these, we’ve never lost two in a row,” Kelly said. “I’ve been to lots of them and we’ve never lost two in a row. So you’ve got to get over this real quick. I do, everybody does, get behind them and come out tomorrow and give it our best shot.”

At Yakima
LIONS 61, BEARCATS 53
Lynden        6 12 22 21 -61
W.F. West 14 15 6 18 -53
Lynden (61) – Neria 7, Smith 7, Kooiman 21, Amos 5, Zwiers 6, Gonzalez 7, Dut 8
FG: 21 of 51 -.412 FT: 16 of 27 -.593 Rebs. 42 (Kooiman 10)
W.F. West (53) – Johnson 13, Lofgren 14, Brumfield 7, Steen 6, Strasser 9, Vadala 2, Noble 2
FG: 17 of 49 -.347 FT: 13 of 29 -.448 Rebs. 32 (Brumfield 9)

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