Kailee Oliverson's star continues to burn bright.
The Twin Bridges senior standout and University of Nevada commit was nominated to play in the 17th Annual McDonald’s All-American Girls Game. She was one of over 700 high school seniors from 45 states to receive the honor.
“I’ve worked super hard in the offseason and in the regular season so it was super cool to get nominated,” Oliverson told 406mtsports.com on Friday.
Receiving the nomination for the All-American Game was something she’s aspired to.
“I’ve heard of the game before and it’s something that I’ve set my goals to,” Oliverson said. “It’s kind of a dream come true to get nominated.”
A four-year starter for the Falcons, Oliverson was the lone Montanan on either the boys or girls nominee list. Big Sky's Joslyn Tinkle is the only Montana girl to be nominated and play in the McDonald's All-American Game.
The exclusiveness of Oliverson's nomination wasn't lost on Twin Bridges’ boys and girls basketball coach Josh Keller.
“I think it's something pretty special that she is the only person in Montana this year to receive a nomination like that," Keller said. "In my mind it's one of the most elite honors that she could get as a basketball player. To have her come out of our team and our community and to be her coach is really special."
Keller has observed the relentless effort Oliverson invests in her game. Now he's seen it payoff.
“I’m just so proud of her and proud of the time and the effort that she has put in," Keller said. "She plays with her heart every night. I’m honored to coach someone like that."
The Games' Selection Committee will whittle the nominee lists down to the top 24 boys and 24 girls by the end of the month.
For Oliverson, who helped lead Twin Bridges to a third-place finish at the State C tournament last season, making that cut would be euphoric.
“That would be so amazing,” Oliverson said. “It would show how much work I’ve put in and how much I love the sport of basketball and how much it means to me.”
The All-American games will be played on March 28 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, with the girls' game beginning at 3 p.m. and the boys' game tipping off at 5 p.m. Both games will air on ESPN2.