Canyon Ridge athlete receives a full-ride scholarship, after picking up basketball at 15

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Grace Lupumba didn't start playing basketball until arriving in the United States when she was 15. Now she’s making her dreams come true. The native of Zambia signed with Williston State College at Canyon Ridge High School.

Lupumba has worked to improve her game and accomplish a goal that she never in a million years thought would be possible.

The Riverhawk also got to play in the District IV senior all-star game last week. ​ She credits previous coaches for this opportunity and her college coach feels she’'ll fit in right away.

Lupumba explained, "I think I've improved a lot, according to my coaches, because I've been spending more time in the gym with them helping me." "They've said I've improved so much, and I deserve what I have."

Williston State head coach Kia Herbel added, "it's bigger than basketball, you know. We feel the players that come to our program are going to of course improve in basketball, but also improve and be able to make their success after Williston State."

The school is located in North Dakota and actually features ties to Canyon Ridge. The president of the school John Miller, used to coach at Canyon Ridge and the vice-president for academic affairs, Kim Wray, was the high school's athletic director.

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