If there's one thing she's already shown in her two seasons of high school basketball, Chinook's Makhayla Farmer was born to be a Hi-Line star.
And while she's got two more years of starring for the Chinook Sugarbeeters, Farmer has already made a commitment to keep playing basketball on the Hi-Line in the future.
On Sunday night, Montana State University-Northern head women's basketball coach Chris Mouat announced that Fa
rmer, who will be a junior this fall at Chinook, has verbally committed to play basketball for the Skylights, starting in the fall of 2014.
“We are thrilled that Makhayla has chosen to be a Skylight upon the completion of her career at Chinook High School," Mouat said. "She has already had a great career, and I’m sure she’ll accomplish a lot in her final two seasons. Our players and staff have gotten to know her very well over the years at camp and at the HIT Tournament. She will be a great addition for us.”
And while it is a bit unusual for a high school junior to make a commitment to a college, Farmer seems confident she knows exactly where she wants to continue her basketball career.
And confidence is something the 6-1 power forward doesn't lack.
Farmer has started every game for the Beeters in each of her first two seasons of high school basketball. She's already earned Northern C All-Conference honors twice and was a Class C All-State nominee this past season.
During her freshman campaign, she helped lead Chinook to its first-ever District 9C girls championship as the Beeters went all the way to the Class C state tourney that season. As a sophomore, the Beeters again reached the Northern C Divisional and finished second at the 9C tournament.
Individually, Farmer has already set a single season blocked shot record (50). She also holds the single game record with seven. She has career highs of 25 points and 19 rebounds. This season, she averaged 12 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.
Farmer is also a three-sport standout at Chinook and an excellent student. In her first two years, she's also earned all-conference honors in both volleyball and track and field. She's also the second Beeter in the last year to commit to Northern as teammate Taryn Norby is set to join the Skylights this fall.
“Makhayla is a great person and talented athlete," Mouat said. "She is one of the top players on the Hi-Line, and someone we believe can have a great career in a Skylight uniform. She is fairly unique in the fact that she can step out to the perimeter and be a threat and she can score with her back to the basket. And, the great thing is that she is just going to get better and better over the next two seasons. She has been well-coached and really is a student of the game. She has a bright future at MSU-Northern, and we are very happy to add a student-athlete of her caliber.”