Hoop Dreams basketball club wins second national tournament


FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Ten girls basketball players from the Treasure Valley are making a name for themselves - and Idaho - on a national stage.

Hoop Dreams defeated New York's New Heights 65-35 to win the Junior Showcase Gold Championship at the elite Battle in the Boro on Sunday. Just last week, the group claimed the title at the End of the Trail (EOT) tournament in Portland, which is considered one of the most prestigious AAU tournaments in the country. Both victories are a first for an Idaho-based squad.

"What we are doing is for the state of Idaho," said Hoop Dreams coach Shambric Williams, a former Boise State men's basketball player. "It's Idaho pride; us against the world."

Representing Hoops Dreams (18-1) are Alyssa Case (Mountain View), Olivia Haney (Centennial), Danielle Jardine (Nampa), Raquel Jardine (Nampa), Ebony Norman (Meridian), Mandy Simpson (Boise), Destiny Slocum (Mountain View), Cass Tiegs (Eagle), Dominique Williams (Centennial) and Tori Williams (Centennial).

"Right now my phone has been blowing up from coaches from Louisville, South Carolina, Washington, UCLA, Cal. I'm just getting calls about how great and how well the state is represented just by the girls' heart and will to compete and win," Shambric Williams said.

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