Burgess helps Wenatchee match last year’s win total in NWAC

January 20, 2019
Ashlynn Burgess basketball

Ashlynn Burgess

Led by Eagle River’s Ashlynn Burgess, the Wenatchee Valley women’s basketball team has made a terrific turnaround.

The Knights went from a 16-13 finish last season to a 16-2 start this season, surging to a 5-0 league mark to sit atop the NWAC’s East Division.

Burgess leads the team in minutes (32), points (17.1) and rebounds (5.9) per game as well as field-goal (.557) and free-throw (.850) percentage.

In a 76-43 win over Spokane, the 5-foot-10 sophomore had a hand in 12 of her team’s 30 points in the third quarter when the Knights pulled away.

Burgess, of Chugiak High fame, finished 8-for-11 from the floor and made the only two 3-pointers she attempted.

She also went 3-for-3 at the line, the 11th time in 18 games she was 100 percent at the charity stripe. That includes performances of 8-for-8, 7-for-7 and two 6-for-6.

She ranks third in the NWAC in free-throw percentage at .850 (68-for-8). Another Alaskan, Anchorage’s Sandin Kidder of Grays Harbor, is first at .881 (37-for-42).