When Ferndale’s girls’ basketball team had a vote for team captain coming into the 2014-15 season, it was unanimous for senior post Linsey Honeycutt.
The 5-10 Honeycutt averaged 16.3 points per game last year but she isn’t the vocal, “give me the ball and get out of my way” type.
In fact, “she’s very quiet,” Ferndale coach Mike Ivy said in a phone interview.
She isn’t the vocal leader and she never gets angry with other players.
“She’s going to get down on herself more than she’s going to get down on anyone else,” Ivy said. “She’s such a great leader and she sets a good example. That’s why everyone wanted her as team captain — because of how hard she works.”
Hard work has been a theme in Honeycutt’s career at Ferndale and it earned her a starting job in her freshman season and she’s started every year since. That hard work gave Ferndale a taste of the state tournament last season, when the Golden Eagles reached the regional round for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
“From day one since she stepped on campus, she’s been a workhorse,” Ivy said.
In her first game of this season, she dropped 17 points and six rebounds against a very tough Burlington-Edison squad in the first half, showing she once again is ready to go. In the second, the Tigers keyed in on Honeycutt.
“She let other girls step up and that’s huge,” Ivy said.
Of course, Honeycutt still scored nine points and added three rebounds in the second half.
But if she’s not the type of player who demands the ball, how does she score so many points? Look to the glass.
“It can be really hard to keep her under 10 points,” Ivy said. “She works so hard at getting rebounds, she gets a lot of easy baskets.”
And despite how talented Honeycutt is, the Golden Eagles actually don’t have any plays specifically designed for her to score.
Instead Honeycutt plays more a role of distributor in the post.
Because she gets double teamed so frequently, there’s myriad opportunities for players to cut and run off her to get open.
“She’s been very unselfish,” Ivy said. “She’s not a girl that’s going to try and score 40 and take every shot.”
While “hard-worker” is usually left to describe players with not a shortage of talent, but an abundance of heart, Honeycutt provides plenty of both.
And the Honeycutt name has produced plenty of great basketball players for Ferndale.
Her brother, Austin, helped the boys’ side to the district tournament last year, when the Golden Eagles went 1-2, eliminated from the playoffs in a 60-58 loss to Marysville-Pilchuck.
Linsey’s older sister, Ashley, was one of the most successful Ferndale girls’ basketball players in history, Ivy said. Ashley is still with the Ferndale program, serving as the C-team coach for the Golden Eagles.
“I would say that they probably have some good pickup basketball games in the backyard and Linsey’s not going to back down,” Ivy said.
Having an older sister on staff has been a help to Linsey Honeycutt, who is able to have someone to look to and feed off of, Ivy said.
All of those things that make Honeycutt such a great asset to a Ferndale team loaded with talent and experience all stay in the background, because as Ivy puts it “the stats speak for themselves.”
“They show she comes to work and play hard every single day,” Ivy said.
And the Golden Eagles have all followed by example.