Whatcom Hoops Girls Top 30: #4 Madi Cooper

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.


Madi Cooper, senior, Sehome

WHY SHE’S #4: No player was more valuable to her team than Cooper, whose calm and consistent play was the main reason the overachieving Mariners reached the Class 2A state tournament in 2023 and missed by one game this season. The 5-foot-7 point guard averaged 14.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4 assists and almost 3 steals and despite being the team’s most dependable scorer unselfishly made all her teammates better with her leadership and passing. Yet when a big play was needed, she was the one with the ball in her hands, which is why she was named to the all-NWC first team for the second year in a row.

COACH KIM STENSGAR: “Madi did everything for us and for most of the season was without a backup point guard. There were many games where Madi never came out, playing all 32 minutes. If it weren’t for an injury her sophomore year and loss of a few games during COVID, I am fairly certain Madi would have scored over 1,000 career points. As it was, she finished with 823 points.”

Links to previous Whatcom Hoops Top 30

#5: Lainey Kimball, Nooksack Valley

#6: Mari Binning, Squalicum

#7: Ella Fritts, Lynden Christian

#8: Tana Hoekema, Nooksack Valley

#9: Jordyn Vezzetti, Blaine

#10: Mallory Butenschoen, Ferndale

#11: Grace Hintz, Lynden Christian

#12: Jemma James, Lummi Nation

#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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