When asked about their goals for traveling and playing in the tournament, Tracelyn Strand and Cacee Adams both agreed that “a W or two would be nice”. After scoping out some of the other teams in the tournament, Aaliyah Jones said that “seeing different teams play in competition will be nice” because of the repetitive competition playing in the Black Hills area. “I think it is going to give us experience in playing girls in town in the future,” she continued “whatever the competition brings us, we will be ready” But for Mari Richards the tournament means a fast track into a possible future. Richards said “I want to get noticed and just play my game. After this I hope I gain larger coach recognition.” She has long term goals in basketball after becoming recognized by wanting to play for an elite college like UCLA or Duke, and then play for the LA Sparks.
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Getting noticed by coaches and scouts at a national tournament is not out of the question for any of the girls, especially for Mari Richards who stands 6 feet tall and holds immense roles on both offense and defense. But all of the players have their niche abilities that make the team successful. Skills like Aaliyah Jones and Kaitlyn Thompson’s ability to shoot, and Tracelyn Strand’s unrelenting effort. With the excitement and commitment from both parents and players alike for attending this tournament, it is easy to see how large of an impact that basketball has in our communities.
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