As much as they would have liked to be, the Shoreline Christian Crusaders weren’t pushed to their limits in their final tune-up before starting Northwest B League play.
Their 94-17 thumping of Crescent Jan. 4 barely registers as a nudge.
But the rest of Shoreline Christian’s non-league schedule wasn’t so full of fluff.
The Crusaders (7-2 overall) topped a pair of Class A opponents and got by Evergreen Lutheran, a team that ousted Shoreline Christian in a winner-to-state game at last season’s Class B Tri-district tournament.
There was also a Dec. 14 run-in with defending Class B state champion Sunnyside Christian. The Crusaders spoiled Sunnyside’s chances of a perfect season with their upset win a year ago but couldn’t make it two straight against the Knights.
“We didn’t play as well as we could have,” senior Darren Broekhuis said of Shoreline Christian’s 14-point loss. “But we showed we can run with them.”
The Crusaders have won six of their past seven games and will try to make it four straight in their Northwest B League opener tonight at home against Snohomish County Christian.
League favorite Darrington will host Shoreline Christian Jan. 14.
Broekhuis said the Crusaders worked out a few kinks over winter break and have “come together as a team a lot more.”
“We’re starting to open it up and run our fastbreak more,” he said. “We tried to hold back a bit at the beginning of the year. We needed to learn our plays before we could go out and fastbreak.”