Burgess is Eastern MVP; Kidder, Danner earn All-NWAC honors

March 12, 2019
Ashlynn Burgess basketball

Ashlynn Burgess

Eagle River’s Ashlynn Burgess was selected as one of the four region MVPs and joined Anchorage’s Sandin Kidder and Barrow’s Kuutuuq Danner among the NWAC women’s basketball all-league award winners.

This was the second straight year that Burgess and Kidder were named all-stars.

Burgess, of Chugiak High fame, was named Eastern Region player of the year for Wenatchee Valley after she produced one of the most balanced seasons in the league.

The 5-foot-10 sophomore is tied for ninth in the NWAC in scoring (18.4), sixth in field-goal percentage (.545), seventh in free-throw attempts (5.3) and 12th in free-throw percentage (.768).

She also averages 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game, and has posted four double-doubles in 31 games.

Burgess, who is headed to NCAA D2 Seattle Pacific next season, has high games of 31 and 28 points and twice grabbed 13 rebounds. She had four or more assists in six games.

Want more proof of her MVP impact? In the last 10 games she has nine blocked shots and 33 offensive rebounds.

Burgess was voted to the Eastern Region First Team last season.

Sandin Kidder basketball

Sandin Kidder

Kidder, of East High fame, challenged for the NWAC scoring title all season before finishing fourth at 20.3 points per game and earning Western Region First Team honors for Grays Harbor.

The 5-foot-10 sophomore also averaged 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game and collected five double-doubles in 28 games.

She put up huge game highs in points (37, 30, 29, 28) and rebounds (14, 13, 12).

She wasn’t just offense. She also had game highs of five steals and three blocked shots.

Kidder was second in the league with 18 field-goal attempts per game and 10th in the NWAC in free-throw percentage (.700).

She was voted Western Region Second Team last season.

Kuutuuq Danner basketball

Kuutuuq Danner

Danner, of Barrow High fame, earned Northern Region Second Team honors in her first year in the NWAC.

The 5-foot-9 freshman finished second for Peninsula with 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. She added 1.7 assists per game.

Danner started 25 of 28 games, bagged two double-doubles and averaged 2.3 offensive rebounds per game.

Her game highs were 21 points, 11 rebounds (twice) and eight assists.

Danner keyed Peninsula’s 11-game winning streak with seven double-figure scoring games.