• Hoop Dreams
    Illinois Hoop Dreams
    March 1st & 8th
    Centre of Elgin
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    "Talent is God-given.
    Be humble.
    Fame is man-given.
    Be grateful.
    Conceit is self-given.
    Be careful."

    - Coach John Wooden
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    "Besides pride, loyalty,
    I try to never lose sight
    of what a special time it
    is to be a women's
    basketball player.
    Sue Wicks
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    You have to expect things
    of yourself before you
    can do them."
    Michael Jordan
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    “A winner is someone who
    recognizes his God- given
    talents, works his tail off to
    develop them into skills, and uses these skills
    to accomplish his goals.”
    Larry Bird
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    "You don't always need
    the five best players
    to win, you need the five
    that play best together."
    -Greg Anthony 
  • Hoop Dreams “You can practice shooting
    eight hours a day, but if
    your technique is wrong,
    then all you become is very
    good at shooting the wrong
    way. Get the fundamentals down
    and the level of everything you
    do will rise.”

    -Michael Jordan  

Welcome To the Illinois Hoop Dreams Website

IHD provides an affordable, safe, and positive learning environment for young women. We are dedicated to helping our players build strong character, become positive role models, and to maximizing their full potential on and off of the basketball court. We are focused on fundamental skill development and improving all aspects of the player’s game in order to help them become well rounded student-athletes that are prepared to achieve success at the HS JV, HS Varsity, Collegiate level, and in life.

IHD Goals:
• Provide age-specific training.
• Teach technical and tactical skills.
• Promote good sportsmanship and team spirit.
• Increase the player’s knowledge of basketball.
• Prepare each player to be successful at the next level of school basketball.
• Evaluate each player’s skills and develop and implement a plan for individual improvement.

IHD Focus:
• Ball handling and passing.
• Triple threat and court spacing.
• Post moves and rebounding.
• Defensive keys and transition play.
• Offensive & defensive keys.
• Floor vision, court communication, and moving without the ball.
• Team offensive schemes and team defensive schemes.
• Special game situations and strategies.



2014 Holiday Tournament Star Performers

Another year of Christmas tournaments has come and gone and once again the IHD girls did not disappoint
as they continue to stand out versus the competition.

 All-Tournament Team Selections:
 Dundee Crown 22nd Annual Charger Christmas Classic:

  • Shelby Holt - Burlington Central

  • Morgan Rosencrants - St. Charles North

 Lisle Holiday Cage Match:

  • Emma Benoit - Hampshire

  • Jamie Netzley - Wheaton Academy (tournament leading scorer)

 Guerin Prep Holiday Tournament:

  • Maddy Versluys - Westminster Christian (tournament leading scorer)

 Other notable Holiday performances:

  • Kayla Ross - Burlington Central. Great defense and leadership from the PG position throughout the DC tournament.

  • Jackie Collins - Burlington Central. Great defense and solid guard play with no turnovers vs. New Trier.

  • Becca Gerke- Burlington Central post held SCN opposing post player to 1pt.

  • Kristina Ahlers - Burlington Central. Soph guard played well in extended minutes vs. Bartlett and had a couple of highlight level defensive plays vs. Stevenson.

  • Kyla Helsel - SCN. Led the fast break, finished well at the basket for SCN vs. Hononegah. Steady leadership and defense vs. Buffalo Grove.

  • Sam Novak - SCN. Stepped up when her teammate was injured and played very well vs. Burlington Central and Hononegah.

  • Morgan Clausen - Huntley. Second leading scorer and leading rebounder for the Red Raiders going 3-1 at Montini Christmas.

  • Taylor Brown - Kenwood Academy. Solid all-around play for the frosh leader in wins over South Elgin and Geneva at Montini.

  • Hannah Vitkus - SCE with 12pts, 7 steals, & 7 rebounds in the Saints win over Wheaton North at the Falcon Holiday Classic.

 Ms. Clutch Award:

  • Ashling Davern - SCN. Makes both free throws as time expires to force overtime vs. Buffalo Grove.

  • Morgan Clausen - Huntley. Makes the go-ahead free throw with 1:17 remaining to give her team the lead then makes two more in the final seconds to seal the 47-44 win over Neuqua Valley.

 OMG Award:

  • Maddy Versluys - Westminster Christian. Outscores the other team at Guerin Holiday.

Her stat line: 18 4-5 42
Final score: WM 57 Chicago Acad.40

Upcoming Events

2015 Spring/Summer Tryous
March 1st & 8th
Centre of Elgin

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IHD Alumni
Continuing the Dream
Class of 2014

Caroline Heimerdinger
North Central College  

Liz McNally
Benedictine University

Julia Moll
Beloit College

Victoria Patterson
Barry University (Miami)

Maggie Powers
Loyola University
(Academic scholarship)

Clarissa Ramos
Elgin Community College

Katie Swanson
Baldwin Wallace University

Kelly Wallner
North Central College