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Johnson column: Lots of options for Girls Basketball All-Decade Team
Kenosha News All-Decade Girls Basketball Team: Commentary

Johnson column: Lots of options for Girls Basketball All-Decade Team

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I spent hours digging through reams of data and story archives over the recent weeks to compile the Kenosha News Girls Basketball All-Decade Team for the 2010s.

All that reading and research can be summed up in just three letters.

Wow.

I can't fairly compare the 2010s to any other decade, since it's the first full decade I've been on the scene in this profession, but I can't imagine any other period of 10 years contained as much girls basketball talent as the last one.

The top four girls scorers in county history played in the decade, plus another in the top 10. All 10 members of the All-Decade Team scored over 1,000 career points, and the decade is highlighted by a 2,000-point scorer in Shoreland Lutheran's Chelby Koker and a McDonald's All-American in St. Joseph's Sidney Cooks, both now NCAA Division I players.

With that much talent, however, there will be some tough choices. As with most of these lists, the ones who didn't make it prove how good it really is.

You could certainly make a case for others to appear on the All-Decade Team that didn't make it.

The toughest choice for me perhaps was Bradford's Katie Young, who wrapped up her career in 2009-10 with a first-team All-Southeast Conference honor and went on to a standout college career at Marquette.

In terms of talent, she's as good as any.

Granted, only the latter part of Young's senior season came in the 2010s, but you can't punish a player simply for having played in two decades. Not to mention, there was no Kenosha News All-Decade Team for the 2000s to put Young on.

In the end, Young's full body of work in high school didn't quite match those that made the list, but she certainly deserves a mention in this column.

She's not the only one.

Also just missing the cut were a pair of two-time first-team All-Southern Lakes Conference performers in Central's Faith Lois and Wilmot's Rachel Szydlowski, as well as first-team All-Metro Classic Conference selections in Dawn Grashen, Kasey Kleiner and Holly Holm, who were each major contributors during the decade to Shoreland Lutheran's impressive lineage of girls basketball.

Not to mention, St. Joseph's Katie Matrise and Shoreland's Lauren Heathcock — who wrapped up their careers in 2019-20 and rank 10th and 11th, respectively, in county all-time scoring with 1,291 and 1,255 points — just missed.

In the end, the list is my opinion, chosen from All-County teams, All-Conference teams, statistical resumes, my own observations and other factors. You may disagree, and that's great. Drop me a line at mjohnson@kenoshanews.com.

This is also the second in the series of All-Decade teams I'll be running throughout 2020. The Boys Basketball All-Decade Team ran on May 10 and 11, and the spring sports will be next in line.

Hopefully this gives you something to peruse as we wait for live sports to return.

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