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.
Avery Neal, senior, Meridian
WHY SHE’S #7: Perhaps the most invaluable player to her team in the Northwest Conference, the 5-foot-7 guard led Meridian in almost every statistical category. She averaged 14.2 points and 4.1 assists on offense and could play the point or score on the wing. And despite her size, she averaged almost 7 rebounds a game and was the definition of one-on-one, in-your-face defense. For her physical efforts and her leadership of the young Trojans, she was named second-team all-NWC and earned a scholarship to play for Whitman College.
COACH BREE PARK: “Avery is a natural born leader, leading by example all while being sensitive to instructing her peers so they clearly understand the task at hand. She is an extension of the coaching staff and truly is a coach’s dream, both on and off the court. Meridian was lucky to have Avery as a player in their program and on campus.”
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.