CENTRALIA, Wash. – The Montana Hoops girls basketball team continued its successful summer, winning the national championship of the elite division at the MSNM Tournament on Tuesday.
Montana Hoops is made up of players from across the state and is coached by Marty Klinker of Fairfield and Keith Hoyer of Belt. The team defeated the Triple Threat Stars from Lacey, Wash., 65-52 for the championship. They also posted wins over teams from Lahaina, Hawaii; Puyallup, Wash.; Colfax, Wash.; and Murrieta, Calif.
The MSNM Tournament is a nationally recognized NCAA viewing tournament in its 19th year. Teams from Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Hawaii, Colorado and New Mexico participate in the tournament.
Kailee Oliverson (Twin Bridges), Kassie Hoyer (Belt), Mesa King (Big Timber), Natalie Klinker (Fairfield), Kamden Hilborn (Helena High), Mesa Williams (White Sulphur Springs), Hannah Collins (Great Falls High), Kerstyn Pimperton (Belt), Tessa Burke (Missoula Loyola), Rikiah Grende (Bigfork) and Shayna Mack (Three Forks) make up the team.
Montana Hoops also finished in the Elite 8 in Phoenix and Final 4 in Las Vegas in earlier spring tournaments, as well as a top 10 finish at The End of Trails tournament in Oregon City, Ore.