Born in Midland, Kerri started her basketball career at the age of 9. Watching her two older sisters play the game inspired her interest in the sport. In elementary school Kerrie excelled on junior and senior level teams. In grade 9, at Midland Secondary School, Kerri played at the junior level and the following year she became a starter at the senior level. She collected many MVP awards at MSS and in tournament play.
While in high school she also participated in the Ontario Basketball Association as a member of the local Bayport and the Midland Mystics teams. On one occasion Kerrie outscored the entire opposing team. In 2000 her OBA team captured a Provincial Championship. In 2000 and 2001 she was invited as one of the top 50 players in Canada to the Nike All Canada Camp in Waterloo. She made the team that competed in the USA National Championship in Washington DC in 2001.
In her senior year at MSS, over 20 NCAA Colleges and Universities as well as 10 Canadian Universities recruited Kerri. She committed to Wilfred Laurier in Waterloo where she felt her academic and athletic aspirations would be best served. After her second Golden Hawks game she became a starter. The Hawks made two runs at the Canadian Championships. In 2003 they were ranked 8th in the Nation and 10th in 2004. In 2004, Kerri graduated from Laurier with an Honour’s Degree in Kinesiology.