SPOKANE, Wash.—A group of children played in Hoopfest on Saturday for someone special. Former teammates of 10-year-old Ayla James and Gracie Snider wanted to win their games in the girls’ honor. James was recovering Saturday in a Seattle hospital after a tragic crash in May. Snider was killed in that same crash.
Hoopfest player Jazmine McGee said she was especially fired up on Saturday because Snider’s parents were in the crowd.
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McGee and her teammates sunk in shot after shot during their Hoopfest games. They said it was because they were playing for someone special.
"I was more aggressive and attacked the rim and didn't let anyone get the ball,” said McGee.
McGee played soccer with Snider and James in 2013. She named her Hoopfest team after them and recruited her brother and their friends to play along.
"To know that a part of Gracie is there. Even though she can't play she's still there,” said McGee.
The team won all of their games on Saturday, which meant they would advance to the next round on Sunday morning.