Whatcom Hoops Girls Top 30: #5 Lainey Kimball

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.


Lainey Kimball, senior, Nooksack Valley

WHY SHE’S #5: It’s easy to think of Kimball as the talented sidekick to Nooksack superstar Devin Coppinger, but Kimball was much more than that. The three-sport all-star once again was the emotional fireball for the two-time state champions, who ignited the Pioneers on offense with 12 points and 2.5 assists a game, and was one of the league’s top defenders averaging 7 rebounds and 2.5 steals a game. The 5-foot-10 guard not only was all-NWC first team for the second year in a row but was named the Class 1A’s top senior by the state’s coaches association (Coppinger was named the state’s top senior regardless of classification), and first-team 1A all-state by Scorebook Live.  

COACH SHANE WICHERS: “Lainey is an athletic player who has the ability to guard any position on the floor, beat people down the floor and can finish around the rim. She is a vocal, intense player who will never stop. She is a great teammate and joy to work with and coach.”

Links to previous Whatcom Hoops Top 30

#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 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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