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