Dream plays well in nationals

By Paul Adkins - [email protected]

It was another successful run over the weekend as the Logan-based West Virginia Dream AAU girls’ basketball teams competed in the NTBA National Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The WV Dream eighth-grade team won their pool by going 3-0 in preliminary play and advancing to the Gold Bracket in the elimination round.

In pool play the Dream defeated the Confidence Cougars from Virginia 66-12, Team Suratt from South Carolina 56-25 and the Fayetteville Elite team, 57-38, from North Carolina.

The leading scorers for the Dream in the Cougars’ game was Ali Williamson and Olivia Dalton with 15 and 14 points respectively.

Against Suratt, Jill Tothe led the Dream team with 17 points followed by Graci Brumfield with 14.

In the Fayetteville game, Brumfield led the team with 12, followed by Williamson with 10 and Peyton Ilderton with eight.

In the Gold Bracket Round of 16 game the Dream lost to the Triangle Tarheels from Raleigh, N.C., by a score of 50-43.

Tothe and Allie Farmer paced the Dream with 11 points each and Ilderton chipped in with nine points.

“In our Gold Bracket game we dug ourselves too deep a hole to try to overcome as we were down 16 at the half,” Dream coach Mike Tothe said. “We had a good enough team to win the whole thing but didn’t get it done. The Tarheels came to play and knocked down shot after shot and kept the pressure on us. We had a great year going 32-7 and winning six tourney titles.”

The Dream was also represented in the national tourney by their seventh-grade team, which went 2-1 in pool play and also advanced to the Gold Bracket.

The tourney took the top two teams in each pool to the Gold Bracket and the number three, four and five teams in each pool advanced to the Silver Bracket.

“The Gold featured the best of the best and it’s where we wanted to compete for both our teams,” Coach Tothe said.

In pool play the Dream beat the Rising Stars from Austin, Texas by a score of 44-34.

Jill Tothe led the team with 14 points, followed by Ilderton with 12. The Dream also beat the Triangle Tarheels 38-27. Ilderton led the team with 17, followed by Tothe with 10.

“The Tarheel game was a revenge win as we lost to the them in the Mount Airy tourney in early March,” Coach Tothe said.

The Dream team’s only loss in pool play was to the Lady Swarm from Maryland, 48-40.

Jill Tothe led the way with 19 points. She was followed by Makayla May, Gracie Jones and Ilderton with six each.

In the Gold Bracket Round of 16 game the Dream defeated the Charlotte Sparks 41-30 behind a big second half from Jill Tothe, who finished with 17 points. Ilderton followed with 11 and Ashton Conn chipped in with six.

In the Elite 8 game the Dream was defeated by the Lady Royals from Asheville, N.C., 54-39.

The Lady Royals went on to win the event with a 44-point victory over their opponent in the title game.

Tothe and Ilderton led the Dream with 15 and 12 respectively. Makayla May chipped in six points.

“We had a 12-point lead early in the Royals game but we had some early foul trouble and I think we got tired,” Coach Tothe said. “Peyton and Jill played on both teams and played in a total of nine games over three days. They gave us all they had and then some. I couldn’t ask any more of them.”

The team finished the season with a 30-7 record and five tourney titles.

By Paul Adkins

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(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

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