Lynden Harry earns first team all-state
Madras High School girls basketball star Lynden Harry has been named first team All-State in Oregon 4A girls basketball.
Harry has committed to the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California, signing a letter of intent on May 1.
In her senior year, Harry averaged 14.22 points per game, and made 40 three-pointers in 23 games played. She played all four years for the girls varsity team.
For the third year in a row, Harry was named Tri-Valley Conference Player of the Year — a feat no other Madras girls basketball player has ever accomplished.
During her junior year, her statistics were 16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Those stats and her leadership led her to earn her second Tri-Valley Conference Player of the Year award.
Her sophomore year, Harry averaged 17 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists, earning co-Tri-Valley Conference Player of the Year, along with Gladstone's Grace Campbell. She was also a starter as a freshman.
When you mention Madras girls basketball and debate over the best players in the last 10 years, three players come to mind, Abby Scott, Mariah Stacona and Lynden Harry.
Scott earned Tri-Valley Conference Player of the Year in the 2010-11 and the 2011-12 seasons, and played four years at New Mexico State.
Stacona earned Tri-Valley Conference Player of the Year in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. She is currently a junior playing basketball at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington.
Harry won co-Tri-Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2015-16 season and Tri-Valley Conference Player of the Year in the 2016-17 season and second team All-state in Oregon 4A.
"Playing basketball for Madras ended too quickly," said Harry. "I feel accomplished to be the only girl to win Tri-Valley Conference Player of the Year all three years. I had some great players, like Abby Scott and Mariah Stacona, ahead of me, which was a lot, but I think I worked hard enough for it."
Recalling her favorite memories, she commented, "My favorite game was the Category game, because everyone got so hyped over it; it was always a lot of fun and laughs with the girls. My favorite memory was beating Gladstone in Gladstone, because we finally beat them my senior year."
"My freshman year, Mariah was the leader, so after that, I was trying to figure out who was the next leader I was supposed to look up to and it ended up being me," Harry said. "It was a big role, but I think I handled it. I was never talkative, because I am not really an outspoken person, but I do like to lead by example."
"I always liked to help out other girls if they needed it, in drills and practices," she said. "I liked being there for them, helping them understand the game."
"Her growth has been her becoming more vocal," coach Zach Lillebo said. "Lynden is never going to be that yeller or that screamer; she is always business first, taking care of what needs to be done. She has worked hard on her demeanor, not only on the floor, but also in interviews and everyday life."
"She can teach the game," he said. "She had a lot thrown at her because she was the go-to person. Whether it is was school stuff, teammates, parents, or coaches, everyone would always ask her for advice."
"Lynden started all four years for me; unless she was sick or hurt, she played," he said. "Part of that reason is because she is so smart, both in basketball IQ and in academics, as well."
"I did not feel it would be difficult for her to be a leader," Lillebo said. "People always looked up to her and it did not always come down to basketball, but rather all the hard work she put into everything. I knew as a sophomore she could handle it."
"I think her biggest quality is her desire," said Lillebo. "Her drive, heart and her want are things you just can't teach. It took something within her to have that drive to be great. These are qualities you just don't see in high school athletes."
"We are going to have a huge hole to fill next year, but I wish her the best of luck and will be following her the next couple of years," said Lillebo.