The Times West Virginian

December 16, 2013

Whaley playing role well for Polar Bears early

Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — No. 3 Fairmont Senior’s girls’ basketball team has a number of threats from multiple spots on the court, but Kaden Whaley is off to a monster start for the Polar Bears.

Whaley, a 5-foot-11 junior forward, has been scoring at will it seems early on this season.

When her Fairmont Senior team went on the road to play East Fairmont last week, Whaley virtually single-handedly won the game.

She scored 30 points, 10 more than the entire East Fairmont team, during a 66-20 victory on Tuesday night. East Fairmont had held their previous opponent, Liberty (Raleigh), to just 10 total points and was previously 2-0 before falling to Whaley and Fairmont Senior.

Whaley also pulled down seven rebounds, snagged four steals and swatted away three shots in the blowout.

The star junior followed that performance up with another stellar outing, this time against another rival — No. 2 North Marion.

In the 75-49 victory over the Huskies, Whaley again scored over 20 points, missing her previous season high by three, scoring 27. She also brought in five rebounds.

The Polar Bears have shown physicality and resiliency thus far in the early season, and Whaley is no different.

Though she shoots a good number of shots, you rarely see the forward get down on herself.

She just keeps shooting and eventually she finds her rhythm, as evident in her 57 total points last week in two games.

For the week, Whaley averaged 28.5 points and six rebounds per game.

For her strong start, Whaley is this week’s Times West Virginian high school player of the week.