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.
Jemma James, eighth-grader, Lummi Nation
WHY SHE’S #17: If you don’t think an eighth-grader can make an impact at the varsity level then you haven’t seen the Lady Blackhawks’ tiny dynamo. James averaged 11.5 points a game but it was her fearless floor leadership that helped Lummi Nation reach the tri-district playoffs, where an ankle injury to the 5-foot-3 point guard might have kept them from reaching state. Her ballhandling made it impossible to press the Blackhawks and her intense, hounding defense made her a nightmare for opposing guards. She was named first-team all-Northwest 1B League and is a rising star in the Class 1B ranks.
COACH KRISTA MAHLE: “This is only the beginning for Jemma James. She is an all-around leader. Next year, she will officially be a freshman, and I can’t wait to see her growth in the next four years.”
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.