If there was any doubt that Whatcom County girls basketball teams had a successful year then check out the Northwest Conference’s all-league first and second teams where 13 of the 16 spots went to local players.
Rob Adams of Lynden was named the coach of the year after leading his young (and height-challenged) team to a league title and a fourth-place finish in the Class 2A state tournament.
A trio of junior guards from Lynden also were honored. Keylie Hershey and Ruby VanderHaak were named to the first team, and Liv Tjoelker was named to the second team.
Three members of Lynden Christian’s 1A state runner-up squad were selected. Senior forwards Isabela Hernandez and Grace Sterk were named to the first team, and junior guard Riley Dykstra was named to the second team.
The other county team that made it to state, Meridian, had two players honored. Junior post Jolee Sipma was on the first team, and senior guard Lindsey Moore was on the second team.
Also having two players selected was Ferndale. Senior post Kim Weden and junior guard Brianna Byrnes were second-team selections.
The other Whatcom County players to be chosen were senior guard Danielle Tyler of Mount Baker on the first team, and senior guard Jenna TenKley of Nooksack Valley and sophomore post Aspen Garrison of Sehome, both on the second team.
Senior Gabby Rongren of Anacortes was named the conference MVP.
Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.