All-Whatcom County Girls' Basketball

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 4, 2014 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

KARA BAJEMA

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Sophomore

Position: Guard

What she did: Was a first team all-state and Northwest Conference selection. ... Chosen as the Class 1A 2014 Hardwood Class Most Outstanding Player after leading the Lyncs to their 10th championship in program history. ... Led Lynden Christian with 13.3 points per game, including scoring a season-high 30 points against Sedro-Woolley on Jan. 27. ... Hit three consecutive 3-pointers against Cashmere in the state semifinals to spark the come-from-behind win.

THROUGH THE YEARS

The Bellingham Herald's County Girls' Basketball Athlete of the Year winners:

2013-14: Kara Bajema, Lynden Christian

2012-13: Rachel Albert, Sehome

2011-12: Jasmine Hommes, Lynden Christian

2010-11: Jasmine Hommes, Lynden Christian

2009-10: Taylor Ulrich, Squalicum

2008-09: Kenzie De Boer, Lynden Christian

2007-08: Courtney VanBrocklin, Mount Baker

2006-07: Brianne Ryan, Lynden Christian

2005-06: Megan Bush, Sehome

COACH OF THE YEAR

CURT DE HAAN

School: Lynden Christian

What he did: De Haan led the Lyncs to their 10th championship in program history after defeating King's 55-40 in the title game. ... Voted the Northwest Conference coach of the year after guiding his team to a 25-2 overall record while going 12-0 in league play. ... Lynden Christian won 20 straight games to end the season. ... De Haan retired the winningest girls' basketball coach in Washington state history, owning 772 wins and eight championship trophies in his 34-year career.

HANNAH CARLSON

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Guard/Post

What she did: Carlson was a Northwest Conference first-team selection after averaging 13.7 points per game this season. ... Came on late in the season and in the postseason, averaging 15.2 a game in her final five. ... Helped the Golden Eagles earn a spot in the regional round of state where they fell to Wilson. ... Scored a season-high 19 against Squalicum on Dec. 6.

BREANNA CHAU

School: Blaine

Year: Junior

Position: Guard

What she did: Chau was the vocal leader for the Borderites, commanding the offense and being an extension of coach Ryan Pike on the court. ... Averaged 6.0 points per game this season, scoring a season-high 12 against Nooksack Valley in districts. ... She was a force on defense, causing opposing point guards to try to run their offenses while under constant duress. ... Helped Blaine to fifth place at state.

MANDY HAYES

School: Blaine

Year: Junior

Position: Guard

What she did: Hayes was a Northwest Conference second-team selection after averaging 12.1 points per game this season. ... Scored in double figures 18 times this year, including a season high of 22 points against Nooksack Valley in districts on Feb. 11. ... Combined with fellow junior Taylor V'Dovec to make one of the better 1-2 combo's in the NWC. ... Is a lethal outside threat.

COURTNEY HOLLANDER

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Post/guard

What she did: Hollander, who is set to play for Seattle Pacific next year, was the heart and soul of the Lyncs' team. ... She averaged 8.7 points per game, but her unselfish play helped get others open looks as she took over the point guard duties at state after the loss of Makayla Lancaster. ... Had 11 points and 13 boards against King's in the state title game.

LINSEY HONEYCUTT

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Post

What she did: Honeycutt led the Golden Eagles with 16.3 points per game, helping Ferndale to an appearance in the regional round of state where they fell to Wilson. ... Was a first team all-conference selection and an honorable mention all-state choice. ... Honeycutt was one of the Northwest Conference's best rebounders, as well, averaging near a double-double. ... Scored a season-high 28 points against Anacortes on Dec. 16.

ELISA KOOIMAN

School: Lynden

Year: Freshman

Position: Guard

What she did: The freshman followed up a strong regular season with an outstanding state tournament, scoring a season-high 24 points in the Lions' come-from-behind win against Port Angeles in the quarterfinals. ... Averaged 14.5 points per game. ... Was a first-team all-conference selection. ... Hit a pair of late free throws against Ellensburg to lift Lynden to third place at the 2014 Hardwood Classic.

MEGHAN LOWRY

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Post

What she did: Lowry was a Northwest Conference first-team selection after leading the Storm with 14 points per game. ... Scored in double figures 17 times. ... Had a season-high 23 points and 16 rebounds against Meridian on Jan. 10. ... Squalicum's coach Mark Wright on Lowry: "Meghan has been a soaring beacon of consistency for us. She is an absolute tyrant on both ends of the floor."

STEPHANIE SOMERS

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Guard

What she did: Somers was the team captain for coach Rob Adams. ... Helped guide Lynden to a third-place finish at the 2A state girls' basketball championships. ... She averaged 13.2 points per game and was first team all-conference and all-state selections. ... Had 19 points against Ellensburg in the third-/fifth-place game, including the Lions first eight. ... Playing at D-I Idaho State next year.

TAYLOR V'DOVEC

School: Blaine

Year: Junior

Position: Post

What she did: The 5-foot-11 junior averaged 15.5 points per game while scoring in double figures 28 times. ... She led the Borderites to a fifth-place finish in the Class 1A state championships - the highest ever placing in the program's history. ... Scored a season-high 21 points against Burlington-Edison on Feb. 7. ... Was a defensive standout for Blaine, notching seven blocks against Cashmere at the 2014 Hardwood Classic.

EMILY YOST

School: Mount Baker

Year: Junior

Position: Post

What she did: Yost was a Northwest Conference first-team selection after averaging a league-best 21.1 points per game this season. ... Suffered a season-ending injury with two games left in the regular season. ... Scored more than 24 points nine times this season, including going off for 39 in the Mountaineers' first game of the season on Dec. 2. ... Had a 23-rebound game against Cascade Christian on Dec. 27.

HONORABLE MENTION

Megan Bayless Sehome

Brooke Benson Ferndale

Emily Brandland Mount Baker

Maddy Bryan Sehome

Karley De Jager Lynden Christian

Lindsay Hayes Nooksack Valley

Taryn Knutson Ferndale

Emma Lallas Mount Baker

Makayla Lancaster Lynden Christian

Kaitlyn Mark Lynden

Alexis McElwain Blaine

Ashlyn Morgan Lynden

Mariah Perry Nooksack Valley

Alyssa Porter Bellingham

Brianna Turner Nooksack Valley

Sally Vlas Lynden Christian

Joelle Zamora Bellingham

Ryley Zapien Meridian

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