Scammon Bay hoops star Charlie signs with Skagit Valley

June 7, 2017

Kiah Charlie basketball

Kiah Charlie

The catalyst for the Scammon Bay girls basketball team’s perfect season, Kiah Charlie seemed to be a woman among girls.

Next season she’ll test herself against woman at the college level.

The 5-foot-4 Alaska Class 1A player of the year has signed with Skagit Valley College of Mt. Vernon, Washington.

Charlie is a do-everything playmaker that scored 22 points and added nine steals and six assists in a 71-35 win over Selawik in the 1A state championship game to wrap up Scammon Bay’s 28-0 season.

She averaged better than 30 points a game, with a career high of 45.

At the AABC Alaska Senior All-Star Game, Charlie pumped in 27 points in front of a group of coaches from the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Skagit Valley coaches took an interest in the diminutive dynamo.

“They came and watched me play during the all-star game. I didn’t know they were going to be there until after my game. The assistant coach came and talked to me,” she told me.

It’s rare for a college basketball player to come from Scammon Bay, a Western Alaska coastal village of 500 people.

But she’s hoping to start a tradition.

“A lot of people are telling me they are proud of me. People from other villages are telling me they look up to me and how they want to better their life,” she said. “It makes me feel happy to hear that.”