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Above the rim

15-year-old girl makes history with epic dunk in basketball game

By WITW Staff on January 10, 2017

Unlike in the NBA and college basketball, high school basketball is largely played below the rim. And in girls basketball competition in the Mile High state of Colorado, the game had never gone above the rim — until one night last week when a 15-year-old basketball player made history by becoming the first female player in the state to ever slam dunk a ball during a game.

Late in the first quarter of a game against Grand Junction, Regis Jesuit forward Fran Belibi stole a pass near center court and raced for the opponent’s basket. As Belibi approached, she jumped and gliding toward the basket, jammed the ball into the hoop with one hand. The crowd and the players all went nuts and, according to reports, the Regis Jesuit coach had to call timeout to let the remarkable moment sink in. Belibi, a sophomore, is only 6-foot, 1-inch tall, but in pulling off the feat showed she has some serious hops. Watch her throw it down with authority in the video below. It’s amassed nearly 100,000 views so far.

After the game, during an on-camera interview, Belibi giggled when a reporter asked her about the the high-flying dunk. She recapped making the steal and dribbling the ball down the court toward the basket. And “I just decided I could do it this time,” she said, adding with a chuckle, “so I did.” Belibi said it was the first time she’s had the opportunity to attempt a dunk in a game and that she didn’t realize she’d been successful in throwing it down until “everyone started screaming” and then her coach called a timeout. “I think the crowd definitely understands the importance behind it — the first girl to dunk — but it was completely unexpected. Girls don’t dunk,” she said. Well, they do now.

Watch the full interview with Belibi below.

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