AFTON — Carlee Shinn of Afton will have a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream.
She will get to play for the five-time Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Lady Norse basketball team after signing a letter of intent Thursday, March 1.
“It’s been a dream since I was about the second grade,” Shinn said. “I went to his (Lady Norse coach Jim Rowland) camp and was always told wherever he was, I was going to get a uniform, so my dreams are coming true.”
The Lady Norse head into next weekend’s Region II tournament at Shawnee with a 16-0 league record (the first time that’s been done) and a 24-4 season mark.
“When you have consecutive conference titles like they have and as many trips as they have to the national tournament, it’s a pretty big deal,” said Lady Eagle coach Bobby Shinn, who is her father.
Carlee Shinn scored 1,427 points in her Lady Eagle career, winning Lucky 7 Conference offensive MVP honors three straight years.
She had 351 points and 105 rebounds this past season along with 111 steals.
Her career stats included 469 rebounds and 417 steals. Shinn also had 358 assists.
“Anything they need, I hope I can bring it to them,” Shinn said.
She converted on 470 of 744 free throws (65.8 percent), including what is thought to be a national record 33 of 45 against Fairland earlier in the season.
“It’s an honor, it really is,” Bobby Shinn said. “I know she will be taken care of. It’s a good place to be.”
Carlee hopes to eventually become a dental hygienist.