A local basketball player spent her spring showing off what she could do at the free-throw line.

Ellington girls basketball head coach Paula King says her daughter Kaylee was a state champion and advanced to the national finals of the Elks Hoop Shoot, a free-throw competition put on by Elks Lodges across the country.

Kaylee King not only won the Missouri state title but finished third in the country in her division in the Hoop Shoot national championships.
But it probably shouldn’t be that surprising, considering her mom and coach, Paula King, won a Hoop Shoot national title in 1991.
Paula shares the advice she gave Kaylee about the competition.

Paula King says she’s full of pride for her daughter’s performance, but also for what Kaylee can gain from the experience.

Kaylee King is a freshman this year at Ellington and will play for her mom on the Whippet basketball team this winter.
To hear the full interview with Paula King, click play on the audio file below.