High School Basketball

LC’s Bajema highlights All-Whatcom County girls’ basketball team

Lynden Christian’s Kara Bajema drives toward the basket during the 1A girls' state championship game against King’s March 5 at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
Lynden Christian’s Kara Bajema drives toward the basket during the 1A girls' state championship game against King’s March 5 at the Yakima Valley SunDome. eabell@bhamherald.com

Lynden Christian’s Kara Bajema has been selected the 2015-16 All-Whatcom County Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year by The Bellingham Herald. Here is a look at the 2015-16 seasons turned in by Bajema and the other 11 other first-team selections:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR KARA BAJEMA

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

What she did: Very athletic player who had inside-outside game and used 6-foot-2 height to grab rebounds and block shots. ... Averaged 14.9 points per game. ... First-team All-NWC selection. ... Led Lyncs to a Class 1A state championship and a 25-2 record.

FIRST TEAM

Player

School

Yr.

Pos.

Emily Brandland

Mount Baker

Sr.

F

Had the ability to go off in any game, as indicated by a season-high 34 points. ... Strong rebounder and overall player. ... Averaged 15.1 points per game. ... First-team All-NWC selection.

Darrien Camarillio

Ferndale

Jr.

G

Scored 18 or more points eight times and served as a backcourt leader for Golden Eagles. ... Averaged 13.8 points per game. ...First-team All-NWC selection.

Avery Dykstra

Lynden Christian

So.

G

Grew as a standout point guard as the season went along, but came up big for LC during its postseason run. ... Averaged 7.4 points per game. ... Led Lyncs to a Class 1A state championship and a 25-2 record.

Katrina Gimmaka

Nooksack Valley

So.

F

A force in the paint for the Pioneers. ... Strong rebounder and scorer and was key during Nooksack Valley’s postseason run. ... Averaged 10.0 points per game. ... Second-team All-NWC selection. ... Led Pioneers to a fifth-place Class 1A finish and a 20-11 record.

Mariah Gonzalez

Lynden

Jr.

F

Underwent tremendous growth from sophomore to junior season and played with passion. ... A terrific rebounder and great defender, locking down team’s best player. ... Averaged 5.2 points per game. ... Second-team All-NWC selection.

Haley Hollander

Lynden Christian

Sr.

G

Offered LC a steadying force with great ball-handling and scoring ability. ... Also played great defense and could fill up a stat sheet. ... Averaged 7.9 points per game. ... Second-team All-NWC selection. ... Led Lyncs to a Class 1A state championship and a 25-2 record.

Elisa Kooiman

Lynden

Jr.

G

Won Whatcom County’s scoring title and proved to be one of the best scorers in the Northwest Conference. ... Averaged 18.0 points per game. ... First-team All-NWC selection. ... Led Lions to a second-place Class 2A state finish and a 23-4 record.

Jasmyne Neria

Lynden

Jr.

G

Played with a high motor and was tenacious on defense. ... Ability to shoot from long range gave Lynden a great guard presence. ... Averaged 7.9 points per game. ... Second-team All-NWC selection. ... Led Lions to a second-place Class 2A state finish.

Chalae Wolters

Squalicum

So.

G/F

Followed up impressive freshman season with another great year for Squalicum. ... Has a tremendously bright future, as the Storm look to improve. ... Averaged 15.4 points per game. ... First-team All-NWC selection.

Sam Van Loo

Lynden Christian

So.

F

A big part of a very impressive NWC girls’ basketball sophomore class. ... Could score, play defense and used length to snatch rebounds. ... Averaged 10.9 points per game. ... Second-team All-NWC selection. ...Led Lyncs to a Class 1A state championship.

Ryley Zapien

Meridian

Jr.

G

One part of an impressive Trojans trio. ... A very athletic player who could score and play strong defense. ... Averaged 10.9 points per game. ... Second-team All-NWC selection.

COACH OF THE YEAR BRADY BOMBER

Team: Lynden Christian

What he did: Guided Lyncs to a 43-38 Class 1A state championship win over King’s. ... Coached three All-NWC players and led LC to share of NWC title, District 1 title and bi-district title. ... Selected 1A State Coach of the Year by the Washington State Girls’ Basketball Coaches Association.

Honorable mention

Player

Team

Danielle Tyler

Mount Baker

Kyrin Baklund

Meridian

Gabrielle Edison

Ferndale

Ellesse FitzGerald

Meridian

Emily Benson

Bellingham

Arlissa Oettel

Nooksack Valley

Josie Deming

Blaine

Brianna Turner

Nooksack Valley

Paige Jacobsen

Bellingham

Lauren Zwiers

Lynden

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