Whatcom Hoops Girls Top 30: #12 Jemma James

In an incredible season filled with outstanding players, Whatcom Hoops is ranking the top 30 girls. Each day we’ll feature an amazing player in our county and count down until we get to #1. So join us daily as we honor the best of the best.


Jemma James, freshman, Lummi Nation

WHY SHE’S #12: No player meant more to her team than the fearless 5-foot-3 point guard, who lead Lummi back to state as just a freshman. James ran the Lady Blackhawks’ fastbreak offense dishing out 3 assists a game, was deadly from 3-point range averaging nearly 20 points a game with a high of 40, and her quick-handed defense averaged 4 steals and 4 rebounds a game. She should be the Northwest 1B League’s offensive and defensive player of the year and already was invited to play in the Washington all-state girls basketball games in June.

COACH KRISTA MAHLE: “Jemma’s freshman season has to come to an end and I am already looking forward to next season. She is learning to lead the Lady Blackhawks. She’s a great teammate and leader both on and off the court.”

Links to previous Whatcom Hoops Top 30

#13: Emmy Hart, Sehome

#14: Tabby DeJong, Lynden Christian

#15: Mallary Villars, Lynden

#16: Brooklyn Fuller, Meridian

#17: Jillea Fox, Ferndale

#18: Deja Dube, Blaine

#19: Natalie Brewer, Sehome

#20: Haylee Koetje, Lynden

#21: Makayla Heaton, Squalicum

#22:  Kiki York, Lynden

#23: Allison Shumate, Lynden Christian

#24: Violet Fox, Mount Baker

#25: Natalie Van Liew, Mount Baker

#26: Ailina Rabang, Lummi Nation 

#27: Mary Lockhart, Bellingham

#28: Kayla Washington, Ferndale

#29: Caitlyn Richardson, Squalicum

#30: Kaylee Anderson, Nooksack Valley

Honorable mentions

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Jim Carberry of Whatcom Hoops

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.

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