Whatcom Hoops Girls Top 30: #20 Haylee Koetje

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.


Haylee Koetje, senior, Lynden

WHY SHE’S #20: Another player whose value went far beyond her stats, Koetje was someone the young Lions could always count on and whose consistency and composure made her teammates and team better on both ends of the court. She averaged 7.5 points and almost 4 rebounds while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and her game-winner jumper with seconds left in the Class 2A state championship game will be remembered in Lions’ lore.

COACH ROB ADAMS: “Every successful team always has what we would call a glue person — that one player who kind of just keeps everything together. Haylee was that for us this season. Her ability to guard multiple different positions, help with ball-handling, and her ability to be a threat offensively kept our opponents off guard.”

Links to previous Whatcom Hoops Top 30

#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 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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