Whatcom Hoops Girls Top 30: #8 Tana Hoekema

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.


Tana Hoekema, senior, Nooksack Valley

WHY SHE’S #8: The third of Nooksack Valley’s “big three,” Hoekema’s transformation from a solid inside player into an all-around standout was a big reason the Pioneers’ won back-to-back state titles. The 6-foot-1 post could dominate around the basket as well as hit 3-pointers, averaging 11.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, nearly 2 assists, and 1.2 steals on the way to earning all-Northwest Conference second-team honors.

COACH SHANE WICHERS: “Tana is a strong finisher around the rim with either hand but with the ability to step out and shoot the 3. She gets down the court well in transition and is a fierce rebounder. She is a great teammate and a joy to work with and coach.”

Links to previous Whatcom Hoops Top 30

#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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