The prolific scoring efforts of Shoreland Lutheran senior Chelby Koker certainly made plenty of local girls basketball news in 2018-19.
But she wasn’t alone among Kenosha County girls who achieved plenty on the hard court.
Koker headlines this year’s Kenosha News All-County Girls Basketball Team. A total of 14 girls were nominated by their coaches and six were named to the first team.
The following is a closer look at the first-team selections, listed alphabetically:
Ayanna Ester, Sr., guard, Tremper
Ester, a second-team, All-Southeast Conference selection, averaged 14.6 points a game this season. She also made 43 3-pointers and averaged 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game, made 43 percent of her field-goal attempts and shot 81 percent from the free-throw line.
One of the Trojans’ team captains, Ester directed Tremper throughout the season, coach Rod Gross said.
“Ayanna had a solid year for us this past season as our floor leader and senior point guard,” he said.
“(She has) very good ball-handling skills, and her ability to score from the point guard position made her a very tough assignment for other teams to defend.”
Ester will continue her basketball career locally next year at Carthage.
Lauren Heathcock, Jr., guard, Shoreland Lutheran
Heathcock, a co-captain with high-scoring senior teammate Chelby Koker, gave the Pacers another formidable weapon and finished her junior year second in scoring at 13.7 points per game. She also grabbed 6.3 rebounds a game, had 1.1 blocks a game, 26 blocks and 37 steals.
“Lauren Heathcock is developing into a solid basketball threat,” Shoreland coach Holly Bahr said. “She complemented Chelby well. When Chelby was double- and triple-teamed, the team looked to Lauren for leadership.
“Lauren took advantage of the openings created when Chelby grabbed the attention of multiple defensive players.”
Julia Hickey, Jr., guard, Wilmot
Hickey, a first-team All-Southern Lakes Conference selection, broke the school record for 3-pointers in a season and in a game (eight) during the 2018-19 campaign.
She finished the year with a 10.6 per-game average.
“Julia is the nicest kid in the world, but when she steps on the court, she has no fears,” Wilmot coach Jerod Boyd said.
Chelby Koker, Sr., guard, Shoreland Lutheran
The most prolific scorer in Kenosha County history — boys or girls — Koker piled up the accolades in her final high school season.
Koker, the only county player to surpass 2,000 career points, tallied 2,448 in her career, including 777 in 2018-19. Her 32.4 per-game average was just behind Milwaukee Academy of Science’s Shermera Williams’ 32.5 average for the top spot in the state.
“Chelby Koker led our team since her freshman year at the point guard position,” Bahr said. “She is an obvious talent. She is also competitive and a true quality leader on and off the court.
“She is pretty much impossible to guard with her superior ball handling, shooting, passing, court vision and high basketball IQ.”
Earlier this month, Koker was named to the Associated Press All-State second team, which covers all five divisions. She also was a Division-3 All-State selection and was named the Metro Classic Conference Player of the Year.
Along with her 32.4 points per game, Koker, who will play collegiately at NCAA Division I Northern Illinois, made 78 3-pointers, had 70 steals and averaged 9.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
Katie Matrise, Jr., guard, St. Joseph
Matrise, an All-Metro Classic Conference second-team selection, nearly doubled her point output this season, as she improved from 11.5 points per game as a sophomore to 22.2 as a junior.
“I have coached for over 15 years, and Katie is one of the most talented and coachable players I have had the honor to coach,” first-year St. Joseph coach Jason Coker said. “Before the season started, I talked with her about her ability and felt she could be a top-25 scorer in the state. She looked at me like I was crazy.
“She embraced our new systems and did everything we asked of her. ... She (also) stepped up as our leader in practice, off the court and in games. ... (I’m) very excited for her next season. She is already back in the gym preparing for her senior season.”
Along with her 511 points this season, Matrise averaged 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, made 45 3-pointers and was 120-of-167 from the free-throw line (71.9 percent).
Sydney Strelow, Sr., guard, Bradford
Strelow, an All-SEC second-team selection, scored 18.8 points per game and averaged 6.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals in her final high school season.
She also made 45 3-pointers and converted 75 percent of her free-throw attempts.
“Sydney did everything for us this season,” Bradford coach Nicole Ferrille said. “She was a player we needed on the floor at all times.
“Not only is she a great basketball player, she is a great leader on and off the court. Sydney is the type of player who will give you 100 percent from start to finish and leave everything on the floor every game.”
Riley Alexander, Sr., guard, Wilmot ... All-SLC second team. ... Averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. ... “Riley is a competitor and stepped up when we needed her in big games throughout the season,” Boyd said.
Adeline Fredrick, Jr., forward, Christian Life ... All-Midwest Classic Classic second team. ... Averaged 12 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. ... “Adeline is a true leader on and off the court,” Christian Life coach Megan Wells said. “She not only pushes herself to get better each day but challenges her teammates to do the same. It has been rewarding to watch her evolve into a true force within this young team.”
Allison Lynn, Sr., guard, Tremper ... All-SEC honorable mention. ... Averaged 10.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. ... Also made 35 3-pointers. ... “Allison was a threat on the offensive end of the floor with her 3-point shooting ability,” Gross said. “(She’s) an off guard who could attack the basket as well and be a threat to score on every possession. She was our second-leading scorer during the year and shared some of the ball-handling responsibilities from her position.”
Paige Trachte, Fr., point guard, Bradford ... All-SEC honorable mention. ... Averaged 11.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. ... Also made 30 3-pointers. ... “Paige led our team in the point guard role as a freshman this year,” Ferrille said. “She really stepped up for us when we had some injuries down the stretch. Paige played in all 23 games this season, (and) she was one of our best defenders and ball handlers.”
Kalina Winslow, So., guard, Indian Trail ... All SEC honorable mention. ... Led the Hawks in scoring with 8.6 points per game, including an 11.1 per-game average the last seven games of the season. ... Also led Indian Trail in made 3-pointers. ... “Kalina was our primary ball handler throughout the year,” Indian Trail coach Rob VanDyke said. “Her ability to handle and shoot the basketball was something we truly valued throughout the year. She played a lot of minutes during the season and got better, not only offensively, but defensively as well.”
Lauryn Johnson, Fr., forward, Indian Trail; Jasani Williams, Jr., guard/forward, Indian Trail; Ellie Witt, Jr., guard, Central.