WHITEWATER -- Before taking her immense talents to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Myriama Smith-Traore repeated as the player of the year on the 20th-annual All-Walworth County Girls Basketball Team. The honor for the 6-foot-2 senior continued a run of four years in a row for the Whippets having the POY.
“Myriama is a one-in-a-lifetime player -- one of the best in the entire state,” said Coach Judy Harms of Whitewater. “(She is) extremely unselfish, and celebrates the success of others more than anyone that I have ever coached.”
Smith-Traore is joined on the all-county first team by her running mate, 5-7 senior Rebekah Schumacher. Both have been first-teamers for the past three seasons. Also on the first team are: Olivia Briggs, 5-10, senior, Walworth Big Foot; Courtney Oomens, 6-1, junior, Lake Geneva Badger; and Kenna Timmerman, 6-0, senior, Delavan-Darien.
“(Smith-Traore is a) phenomenal player, amazing both on and off the court, and I can’t wait to see her play at the next level for Marquette,” said Harms.
The Whippets fell short of the state tournament this past season, but Smith-Traore and Schumacher helped the team to a state championship as sophomores. Smith-Traore, while garnering an array of top player honors, scored 1,393 career points (422 this past season in 25 games), grabbed 1,186 career rebounds (377), and had 214 career assists (72). She is a Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-star team selection and was nominated for the McDonald’s All-American team and as a Gatorade player of the year.
Before Smith-Traore, Whitewater players of the year on the all-county team were Sarah Schumacher in 2014-15 and Brooke Trewyn in 2013-14.
Rebekah Schumacher, team captain, was also chosen for the WBCA all-star game. The guard has 1,197 career points and 377 career assists. This past season she had 333 points, 96 rebounds and 106 assists. Her assists are a school record and she is second in steals (366) and holds the single-season marks in assists and three-point baskets. During her time, the Whippets were 94-7, including 56-straight conference wins.
“Rebekah is an exemplary player and has had a phenomenal career playing for Whitewater,” said Harms. “Rebekah exhibits a passion for the game, a hard work ethic, and is an absolute joy to coach.”
Briggs, a guard, had 884 career points, 454 rebounds and 169 assists, with 295 points, 132 rebounds and 90 assists this past season. She also added 70 steals this season and 229 in her career. The team captain and most valuable player was a first-team all-Rock Valley South Conference choice.
Oomens, a forward, averaged 11.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks per game this past season. She was named to the Southern Lake Conference first team. Oomens led the SLC in rebounding.
Timmerman was a wing/post player for the Comets. She compiled 344 points, 174 rebounds and 30 assists. Her coach said she covered the opponent's’ best post player every game.
The second team included: Brooke Wellhausen, 6-0, senior, Big Foot; Payton Courier, 6-0, junior, Big Foot; Erin Rice, 5-7, sophomore, East Troy; Jaida Speth, 5-10, junior, Delavan-Darien; and Jenn Freeman, 5-8, senior, Badger.
Receiving honorable mention were: Mackenzie Lindow, 5-7, sophomore, East Troy; Ali Ketterhagen, 5-10, junior, Whitewater; Miranda Reynolds, 5-11, junior, Whitewater; and Allison Heckert, 5-6, junior, Whitewater.
The 2016-17 all-county team was selected by area coaches and media.