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.
Maddy Barter, senior, Mount Baker
WHY SHE’S #6: Despite playing on teams that never were able to reach the big stage, Barter showed why she was one of the school’s all-time scorers by finishing her stellar career with more than 1,000 points (the fourth Mountie to ever do so). Able to hit 3-pointers, create her own shot in the key, and drive to the hoop, the 5-foot-8 guard averaged 19.7 points a game this season despite being the focus of every opponent’s defense. She also made a school-record 82.3 percent of her free throws and battled inside for 7 rebounds a game. Once again, she was named first-team all-Northwest Conference.
COACH TIFFANY RAMIREZ: “She didn’t have much experience around her, which left her having to do more. It took her about half the season but she figured out how to play that leader role while also getting her teammates constantly involved too. She is constantly working hard, and is one of my few players that stays after practice to get more shots up. She constantly is asking questions to understand things. She really wants to know “why?” Maddy has worked hard to leave behind a reputation that will give future Mount Baker girl basketball players something to strive for.”
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.