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Sports Blog: AP girls' basketball selections

The ballots for the Associated Press' high school girls' basketball selections were due Tuesday night, March 25, and before the all the ballots are counted and released Thursday, I wanted to explain the three candidates I voted in from Whatcom County.

To make clear, this doesn't mean my selections will make the first team. These are just my selections, and are not indicative of the opinions of the other reporters who voted.

Of the the three division's I voted in - 3A, 2A and 1A - I selected one player from Whatcom County in each, the first being Ferndale's Linsey Honeycutt.

Honeycutt was a pretty clear selection given her importance to the Golden Eagles making it to the regional round of state where they eventually fell to Wilson. She scored 16.3 points per game this season, and averaged near a double-double with her rebound totals. Numbers like that deserve such recognition, and I probably won't be alone in that regard.

Lynden's Stephanie Somers was my one local selection in the 2A division. This was a tough decision, weighing the hard-and-true statistics of the 20-plus other candidates from around the state, and what I knew and had seen from Somers. Somers' numbers weren't as impressive as some I left off, as she only scored around 13 points per game, but she was a part of a system that didn't ask her to score 20-plus a game, and I believe if she was, she would have been able to do that. Her importance was more as a leader, and while that's difficult to quantify, the Lions' run to the semifinals in state I believe says a lot about her as a player. My final selection was Blaine's Taylor V'Dovec in the Class 1A ballot. V'Dovec, who was also voted by the coaches as the Northwest Conference Most Valuable Player, averaged 15.5 points per game this year, and scored in double figures 27 times. She was one of the most versatile scorers at the state basketball tournament, leading Blaine to a berth into the state semifinals. She also had a seven-block game in the third-/fifth-place game against Cashmere at the 2014 Hardwood Classic.