In a season filled with outstanding players, Whatcom Hoops has ranked the top 30 girls. Each day we featured an amazing player in our county and today we finally get to #1. We hope you enjoyed the countdown as we honored the best of the best.
Devin Coppinger, junior, Nooksack Valley
WHY SHE’S #1: How dominating was Coppinger? The closest comparison in Whatcom County’s distinguished basketball history may be its all-time greatest player: Luke Ridnour. A 5-foot-10 point guard with unmatched ballhandling skills, Coppinger could take over a game whenever she wanted, scoring 22.1 points a game while shooting 57 percent from the field, 40 percent on 3-pointers, and 88 percent of her free throws. She also was among the state’s best passers, averaging 3.5 assists, and a hard-nosed defender, grabbing 6 rebounds and 3 steals a game. The awards say it all: Northwest Conference MVP, Class 1A state tournament MVP after leading the Pioneers to their first state title, and Scorebook Live’s Class 1A player of the year and a member of its all-classification all-state first team.
COACH SHANE WICHERS: “Devin impacts every aspect of the game. She can score inside or outside, pass, defend, rebound the ball on both offense and defense, and she is an excellent ballhandler. She is an incredibly hard worker and a great teammate/leader.”
Links to the Whatcom Hoops Top 30
#2: Grace Hintz, Lynden Christian
#4: Lainey Kimball, Nooksack Valley
#8: Demi Dykstra, Lynden Christian
#10: Hallie Kamphouse, Nooksack Valley
#12: Tana Hoekema, Nooksack Valley
#14: Emmy Hart, Sehome
#16: Adia Newcomb, Lynden
#17: Jemma James, Lummi Nation
#18: Makayla Heaton, Squalicum
#20: Daisy Poag, Lynden Christian
#21: Madisyn Butenschoen, Ferndale
#22: Mallory Butenschoen, Ferndale
#23: Deja Dube, Blaine
#25: Aliesha Solomon, Lummi Nation
#26: Raven Solomon, Lummi Nation
#28: Reganne Arnold, Lynden Christian
#30: Ellie Wolverton, Bellingham
You can support our student-athletes, teams, and schools by advertising your business on Whatcom Hoops. Click on WH Sponsor to learn more and sign up for the 2023-24 season.
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.