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.
Madi Cooper, junior, Sehome
WHY SHE’S #5: The emergence of Cooper as one of the top point guards in the Northwest Conference was a big reason the Mariners returned to the Class 2A state tournament in March. She averaged 12.4 points a game, and they always seemed to be clutch points at big times. The 5-foot-7 guard also led the team in assists and steals, rarely turned the ball over, and pulled down 4 rebounds a game. Her calm and steady play earned her first-team all-NWC honors.
COACH KIM STENSGAR: “Madi was the glue that kept us together. Her poise, confidence, and work ethic helped us tremendously. Madi has 50 percent hearing loss. She wears hearing aids during school but opts not to wear them when she competes. She is an amazing athlete and human.”
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.