Vikings sign two standout high school seniors

Vikings sign two standout high school seniors

Surrounded by family and friends, Maia Barnett signs to play basketball at Western Washington University. Photo: KPUG/Courtesy of WWU Athletics

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Two standout high school seniors, forward Alyssa Evans from Mount Vernon and point guard Maia Barnett from The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, have signed National Letters of Intent to play women’s basketball at Western Washington University. Making that announcement Friday was Viking coach Carmen Dolfo.

“They’re both joining a veteran team, but each should contribute right away and be strong additions,” said Dolfo.

Evans was the Skagit Valley Herald Player of the Year as a senior at Mount Vernon High School, averaging a league-leading 21.8 points per game, 11.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists for the Bulldogs. She earned first-team Western Conference all-star recognition for the second straight season, team MVP honors for the third time and was team captain for the second season.

“We first saw Alyssa at our camp and she impressed us then and has continued to do so,” Dolfo said. “She really understands the game and can post up as well as shoot the three.”

Barnett finished her four years at The Archer School holding every game, season and career record for points, rebounds and assists. She earned California Interscholastic Federation all-star and all-league honors in each of those seasons, the Panthers reaching post-season play every year. Barnett’s career totals were 1,746 points, 735 rebounds, 310 assists and 355 steals.

“She brings a lot of quickness, speed and athleticism to our team,” said Dolfo. “We’re very excited about getting Maia as we’ve been looking for a young point guard.”

WWU graduated one senior from last year’s 19-10 team that won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament championship after placing second in the regular-season standings, and reached the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional.


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