King’s loses momentum in fourth quarter, falls to Lynden | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Dec 20, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan King’s Claire Gallagher attempts a shot against Lynden.

King’s appeared to have seized the momentum.

Trailing Lynden 40-30 at the end of the third quarter, the Knights scored five unanswered points to cut the deficit to five points less than a minute into the final period.

But Lynden responded with an 8-0 run to extend its lead to 13 points and then went on to defeat King’s 58-45 in a nonconference girls basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, at King’s High School.

Knights coach Dan Taylor said that Lions exposed some of King’s youth and inexperience. Lynden came into Saturday’s game with a roster of experienced juniors and seniors, while the Knights started three sophomores, a freshman and a senior.

“Our youth got to us,” Taylor said.

King’s (2-3) had a good run to start the fourth quarter.

“I think there are times when we have to know when we get those runs we have to have sustainability in our energy, in our flow, in our mentality on defense and on offense,” Taylor said.

King’s took its first of only two leads in the game at the start of the first quarter when sophomore guard Claire Gallagher, who scored 17 points, sank the first of her five 3-pointers. Lynden (4-1) quickly tied the score and took a 9-6 lead at the end of the first period.

A 3-pointer by sophomore Peri Welch followed by back-to-back 3-point goals by Gallagher gave King’s a 15-14 lead two minutes into the second quarter. The Lions then outscored the Knights 10-3 the rest of the period to head into halftime with a 24-18 advantage.

Starting freshman guard Jada Wynn picked up her fourth foul at the 3:11 mark of the third quarter. She later would foul out of the contest with 5:35 left in the game.

“It changes the game when some of your key players are in foul trouble,” Taylor said.

Lynden was a tough team to defend throughout the game. Four different Lions scored in the fourth quarter.

“I told the girls before the game they’re going to be an all-around team,” Taylor said. “There’s not one girl we need to key on. No. 3 (Livia Tjoekler) does a good job of fueling their energy. She gets them going. She gets them in their good flow.”

Gallagher cited two parts of the game in which King’s didn’t do well – rebounding and turnovers.

“Our two big things that we needed to execute better tonight were boxing out and the other one was we had just too many turnovers,” the sophomore point guard said. “Those together would have made up some of the difference in points.”

At times, the Knights were not as patient as they needed to be on offense, Gallagher added.

The players needed to have that extra second of patience, hold on to the ball and wait for their teammate to get open, she said.

The 45 points scored was the second lowest output of the season. Gallagher said King’s is emphasizing motion on offense and against Lynden’s pressure defense, the Knights sometimes faltered.

“It’s tempting when there’s pressure to just stand around and that doesn’t work out well,” Gallagher said.

When the Knights attempted to get out on the fast break, the Lions generally had players back on defense.

“They played really good transition defense,” Gallagher said. “So that limits your easy buckets and layups in transition that you can usually get against less organized teams. But on the whole, we still have the personnel and the height and talent to put out a bigger number in the future.”

Gallagher added that Lynden’s second chance shots off of offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter hurt King’s.

The Knights’ two other losses were to 4A Moses Lake and 1A Cashmere, last season’s 1A state runner-up, which has opened the season 6-0.

“I scheduled tough nonleague games because we have to play playoff caliber teams in order to grow and get better and become tougher,” Taylor said. “I’m trying to expose our youth to the intensity that they need to play against if they want to play at the next level. The next level meaning playoffs.”

Gallagher said the Knights learned from the loss.

“This is a really good chance for us to bounce back,” she said. “It’s always fun to play teams from Lynden because they have great programs. This was a great game. It was really fun to compete with them.”


KINGS BOYS FALL TO LYNDEN: Freshman Tyler Lindart scored 33 points but Lynden prevailed 68-57 in a nonconference boys basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, at King’s High School. Teammate Hunter Reeves added 16 points. The Lions took a 27-23 into halftime and then outscored the Knights 21-10 in the third quarter.

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