WV Dream teams finish successful season

The Logan-based West Virginia Dream AAU sixth-grade basketball team recently played in the Pigeon Forge Memorial Day Classic in Tennessee and finished as tourney runners-up.

The squad beat the Tennessee Lady Shock in the semifinals, 60-26.

Jill Tothe led the attack with 26 points.

She was followed by Peyton Ilderton with 11, Kalea Jo Baisden with nine, Emma Elkins with six and Jace Litton and Raegan Quick with four each.

In the championship the Dream fell short to the East Tennessee Huskies 42-35.

“The game got away from us in the last two minutes and they hit some big shots down the stretch,” Dream coach Mike Tothe said.

The leading scorers for that game were Tothe with 10 points, Makayla May with nine, Quick with seven, Ilderton with six and Litton with three.

The Dream finished the season 24-9, winning four tourneys and finishing second in three others.

“It’s been a fun year and I look forward to seeing these kids progress and grow,” Coach Tothe said.

* The West Virginia Dream seventh-grade team recently won the GBA Mountaineer Classic Basketball Tourney held in Morgantown this past weekend.

The tourney had teams from Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Dream went a perfect 5-0 in the tourney to capture the title.

In the semifinal game the Dream beat West Virginia Reign by a score of 45-9.

“Two weeks ago we beat WV Reign in the Fairmont tourney championship by eight points and I thought we didn’t play very well. This past weekend we put together a complete game on both ends of the floor,” Coach Mike Tothe said.

The leading scorers were Olivia Dalton with 11 points, Ali Williamson with 10 points and Jill Tothe with eight points.

In the finals the Dream beat Triple Threat Institute from Pittsburgh by a score of 48-29.

Leading scorers for that game were Graci Brumfield with 19 points, Williamson with nine, Carly Paynter with eight, Carly McComas with six and Dalton six.

For the tourney, the Dream beat teams from Maryland, Central Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

“Our team played well on both ends of the floor and we have so many that contribute and when we are clicking are a fun group to watch,” Coach Tothe said.

The seventh-grade team finished the season with a record of 28-6 with five tournament titles and two second-place finishes.

“We lost five games to out-of-state teams from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama. We only lost one game to a team from West Virginia and that was an eighth-grade team. We’re looking forward to next season and would personally like to thank all those who support us, to provide and make the traveling possible for our groups,” Coach Tothe said.

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