Shoreland Lutheran’s Chelby Koker finished her four-year girls basketball varsity career as the most prolific scorer in Kenosha County history and one of the top scorers in girls state history.

So there should be plenty of postseason awards rolling in for the senior, and the first major one arrived this week.

On Tuesday, Koker was named the Metro Classic Conference Player of the Year after a season in which she led the Pacers to a 21-3 record, a co-conference title with Racine Lutheran and an appearance in the WIAA Division-3 sectional semifinals.

The NCAA Division I Northern Illinois recruit poured in 777 points this season, and her average of 32.4 points per game was second in the state to Milwaukee Academy of Science’s Shemera Williams — a Marquette recruit — according to WisSports.net.

Koker also averaged 9.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 steals per game, made 67 3-pointers and shot a remarkable 222-of-262 (85.1 percent) from the free-throw line (3-point and free-throw numbers don’t include Shoreland’s sectional semifinal game).

She had five games of 40 or more points and 15 of 30 or more this season and finished her career with 2,448 points. She’s the only player in county history, boy or girl, to reach the 2,000-point plateau.

According to a database on WisSports.net, just 22 girls in state history had scored 2,000 or more points entering this season.

Last week, Koker was named one of six finalists for the Wisconsin Sports Network’s Senior Shooter of the Year award. The winners in each category will be announced this week.

Joining Koker on the All-Metro Classic first team were Bonnie Jensen and Emma Kallas of Greendale Martin Luther, Brooke Foster of Racine Prairie and Morgann Gardner and Caroline Strande of Racine Lutheran.

Strande, a Bradley recruit, was second to Koker in the conference in scoring at 29.4 points per game.

Finishing behind Koker and Strande in scoring was St. Joseph guard Katie Matrise, who had a standout junior season. Matrise poured in 22.2 points per game, which earned her second-team All-Metro Classic honors.

Shoreland junior guard Lauren Heathcock joined Matrise on the second team, while the Pacers had a pair of honorable mention picks in senior center Rebekah Salfer and sophomore center Natalie Brug.

Prairie junior guard Andrea Palmen, a Kenosha County resident, was also an an honorable mention selection.

Mike Johnson

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