Whitehall’s Emily MacArthur goes to the basket while Montague’s Hailey Cockerill attempts to strip the ball away during a February game. Both girls were named to the all-WMC first team.
Though neither Whitehall nor Montague posted the seasons they hoped to have in girls basketball, individual standouts Emily MacArthur and Hailey Cockerill still received accolades when each was named to the all-West Michigan Conference first team.
MacArthur was the leader of the Vikings, who posted a 4-10 WMC record this season. In conference play, MacArthur could be counted on for double-doubles on a consistent basis and went on to average 14.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. She also posted nearly a block a game and nearly two steals a game in WMC action.
The sophomore forward had five double-doubles against four WMC opponents: North Muskegon, Hart, Montague and Mason County Central.
“She is a second-year varsity player who is focused on getting even stronger for the next two seasons,” Whitehall coach Rachel Kent said. “Emily was also voted as our Team MVP by her teammates. Without Emily MacArthur we would have had a much tougher season. She worked well inside the paint with Brandi Balzer and those two will be another force to reckon with next season.”
Joining MacArthur on the first team was junior guard Hailey Cockerill of Montague. The Wildcats had a 3-11 record in WMC play, but Cockerill persevered throughout, leading her team with 8.7 points per game. She shot a team-best 68.5 percent from the free-throw line.
“She was a team co-captain, and natural leader both on and off the floor,” Montague coach Bill Stone said. “A three-year varsity player, she matured greatly as the season progressed, and controlled the tempo of the game, and recognized what the defense was showing us as well as any player I have coached.”
In addition to her on-court skills, Stone added that Cockerill is taking AP courses at Montague and is active in other school activities as well as on the basketball team.
“She’s a great player, overshadowed only by being a great person,” Stone said. “Her senior season will be a good one, and I fully expect to see her grow even more in the coming year.”