From Central Valley’s MJ Bruno to Kennewick’s MeiLani McBee, there are dozens of outstanding “glue” players in Washington high school girls basketball.
With the season finished, we’re taking a look at the Top 11 toughest-minded, do-a-little-bit-of-everything players in the state, regardless of classification.
We polled 20 coaches from around the state on their thoughts on players in their league and district.
Some of the best players in the state could obviously be listed under a number of categories, but SB Live tried to place them on the one list that best fits their skill sets (and reputation).
The rankings ultimately were compiled by SB Live basketball analyst Freddie Rehkow and SB Live Washington reporter Todd Milles.
The players are listed in alphabetical order:
TOP 11 ‘GLUE’ PLAYERS
Ellie Boni, University, Senior
A quality playmaker, Boni was an even better leader – the backbone for this program her entire career. Colorado State is getting a relentless hustler.
Julia Bordeaux, Bellarmine Prep, Senior
She might someday be earning paychecks on the LPGA Tour, but in basketball, she is an athlete-turned-agitator who plays with an edge.
MJ Bruno, Central Valley, Junior
If you hear somebody hollering with emotion, chances are it is Bruno, a high-intensity but undersized post player who is a no-stop rebounder.
Riley Dykstra, Lynden Christian, Senior
What is the 1A Northwest Conference MVP’s best skill? It’s her ability to perform every task – scorer, passer, on-ball defender and great leader.
Grace Erdmann, Cashmere, Senior
It wasn’t all Hailey Van Lith with the Bulldogs. Erdmann is an athletic post who can defend guards to centers – and move out deep to hit a 3-pointer.
Maya Erling, Glacier Peak, Junior
This all-4A Wesco first-teamer does her business with a swagger – setting screens, knocking down big shots and being in the middle of the action.
Erika Glenn, Ilwaco, Senior
This 2B standout knows one style – ruthless. Known as a shutdown on-ball defender, Glenn picked up the offensive slack as well for the Fishermen.
Emma Main, Mount Spokane, Senior
What hasn’t Main done for the 2019 state runners-up in her career? She teamed up with Jayda Noble to do everything, especially hit big-time shots.
MeiLani McBee, Kennewick, Senior
If you looked up the understood definition of “glue” player – McBee is it. She thrives doing the dirty work for the Lions, and Hawaii rewarded her for it.
Molly Moffitt, Seattle Prep, Junior
In a talent-laden Metro League, Moffitt not only survived on grit and drive as a two-way standout, she ascended to the all-league first team as a junior.
Ashlynn Sylve, East Valley of Yakima, Junior
Comeback of the year? After missing last season with an injury, she carried the Red Devils to fourth in 2A – as a rebounder, defender and scorer.
Worth mentioning: Kiernen Denckla, Kentridge, sr.; Morgan Herrera, La Conner, sr.; Ramona Jagger, Decatur, sr.; Katie King, Burlington-Edison, sr.; Anna Olson, Moses Lake, jr.; Halo Parks, Beamer, sr.; Jordan Ryan, Columbia River, sr.; Kal Schaplow, Toledo, sr.; McKinley Stotts, Washougal, sr.