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.
Lainey Kimball, junior, Nooksack Valley
WHY SHE’S #4: No one played with more energy and enthusiasm than Kimball, who was the key to Nooksack Valley’s devastating fullcourt press and the Class 1A state champion’s most tenacious one-on-one defender. But what set her apart was her ability to fire up her teammates and shift the momentum of a game — by turning steals into fastbreak layups and crashing the offensive boards to turn misses into Nooksack baskets. The 5-foot-10 wing averaged 12 points on 58 percent shooting, 5 rebounds, nearly 2 assists, and almost 3 steals a game and was an easy pick for first-team all-Northwest Conference.
COACH SHANE WICHERS: “Lainey was a defensive bulldog for us this year, was the top of our press and caused havoc there. She also was matched up on the best or second-best player on the other team. Aggressive, strong, and fast, Lainey created match-up problems for other teams. She could drive or post up depending who was guarding her. And she was a great teammate.”
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.