In a season filled with outstanding players, Whatcom Hoops ranked the top 30 girls. Each day we featured an amazing player in our county and counted down until we got to #1. We hope you enjoyed the countdown as we honored the best of the best.
Tana Hoekema, junior, Nooksack Valley
WHY SHE’S #12: Over the season, Hoekema went from being a role player to an all-star, and a case could be made the Pioneers wouldn’t have won state without her. The 6-foot post put up solid numbers all season, averaging 7.3 points, 7 rebounds, nearly 2 assists, and 1 block a game. But her relentless rebounding in big games and her shooting touch (she made 32 percent of her 3-pointers and 70 percent of her free throws) made her invaluable on both offense and defense and would earn her a place on the all-state tournament second team as well as the all-Northwest Conference’s second team.
COACH SHANE WICHERS: “Tana has the rare ability to play around the rim and to step out and hit 3’s. For being 6 feet tall this is a bit uncommon. She averaged about 10 rebounds a game at state and became a fierce offensive/defensive rebounder for us.”
Links to the Whatcom Hoops Top 30
#1: Devin Coppinger, Nooksack Valley
#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
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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.