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Team USA U17 head coach Carla Berube (l), Aliyah Boston (m) and Fran Belibi (250) of Regis Jesuit High School look on during a training camp practice for the U17 women's team in early July at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. (Photo: Mike Rice/KOA NewsRadio)


***UPDATED RESULTS FROM THE U17 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP IN BELARUS***

Sat. 7/21/18 - USA 86, Italy 48

Sun. 7/22/18 - USA 92, Mali 39

Tues. 7/24/18 - USA 107, China 50

ROUND OF 16 - Weds. 7/25/18 - USA 98, Columbia 42

QUARTERFINALS - Fri. 7/27/18 - USA 66, Spain 31

SEMIFINALS - Sat. 7/28/18 - USA 84, Hungary 39

GOLD MEDAL GAME - Sun. 7/29/18 - USA 92, France 40

Summer is usually the time for pennant races and NFL training camps.

But we're talking basketball.

Every summer, USA Basketball, headquartered in Colorado Springs, sends out teams that compete for World Cup titles.

One of those teams that is going for gold right now is the U17 women's team.

At their training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in early July, we caught up with forward Fran Belibi (beh-LEE'-be) of Regis Jesuit High School in Centennial, Colorado, U17 head coach Carla Berube (ber-EW'-be) and USA Basketball Women's National Team Director Carol Callan.

Fran is one of the best high school basketball players in the country, even though she has only been playing for a few years. She can dunk and has done so in a game. Both her parents are doctors and one day Fran hopes to follow in their footsteps.

Coach Berube has been the head women's coach at Tufts University near Boston since 2002 and has led the Jumbos to the Division III Final Four the last four years.

Carol does an incredible job leading all the women's programs for USA Basketball as the Women's National Team Director. We caught up with Carol and talked about the various teams USA Basketball sends out and previewed the U17 women's team and the upcoming World Cup for the Women's Senior National team.

GET MORE INFO. ON THE U17 WOMEN'S TEAM, INCLUDING WORLD CUP RESULTS, HERE

WATCH TEAM USA U17 PRELIMINARY ROUND GAMES HERE

KEEP UP WITH ALL USA BASKETBALL NEWS AND TEAMS HERE

All photos: Mike Rice/KOA NewsRadio

Forward Fran Belibi of Regis Jesuit High School makes a lay-up during Team USA U17 training camp practice on Friday, July 6 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Fran Belibi - Mike Rice

Belibi plays inside defense during practice on Friday, July 6. 

Fran Belibi - Mike Rice

Forward Fran Belibi (l) battles Aliyah Boston (249) for a rebound during Team USA U17 training camp practice on Friday, July 6 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Fran Belibi - Aliyeah Boston

Team USA U17 head coach Carla Berube at training camp practice on Friday, July 6 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Carla Berube

Team USA U17 head coach Carla Berube (between 250 and 37) closes out practice at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Friday, July 6.

USA U17 Team - Mike Rice

USA Basketball Women's National Team Director Carol Callan at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Carol Callan - Mike RIce

Check out the first time Fran Belibi dunked in a game. It came when she was a sophomore in January of 2017.

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