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Sedona Prince

Additional Quotes: USA U17 Women 59, Italy 55

  • Date:
    Jun 25, 2016

USA head coach Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pa.)
What were your thought on the game?
It’s hard to start off games down by a deficit. We are trying to start stronger, but it looks like we are finishing games stronger. The most important thing is we won, and we hopefully are learning from these tough games.

On Italy’s defense:
They played tremendous defense. We’ve been struggling around the hoop and knocking down shots early. But to fight back and get a win after shooting 1-for-18, that says a lot about our resiliency.

What do you think was the difference in the fourth quarter, when the USA was able to maintain a lead?
We weren’t getting loose balls there for a while, and we started getting loose balls and we started getting on the floor and getting after it and getting huge rebounds. We beat them on the boards, so that was big time for us and helped with our momentum.

Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary's H.S./Stockton, Calif.)
What changed in the fourth quarter?
Our intensity definitely got higher, and everyone was like, ‘We can’t lose this.’ We have so much to go for, so we just went for it, and we picked it up.

Maya Dodson (St. Francis H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.)
On the USA’s slow start:
We just started off slow. We didn’t play to our potential. We knew what we had to do, but we just didn’t play well. But in the second half, we picked it up and started rebounding and did what we do best. 

What was the difference in the fourth quarter?
I think the difference was rebounding, and energy from the bench, and getting defensive stops and just making good plays with great shots that we can easily make.

Is the team ready for the round of 16?
Well, we’ll practice tomorrow. I think we are ready, but we just need to work on some stuff, and then we’ll be ready for Monday.

Sedona Prince (Liberty Hill H.S./Liberty Hill, Texas)
What are your thoughts on the game?
We started off slow, and we came back and really fought, and we played as a team. Our bench was amazing, and it just feels good to be undefeated.

Christyn Williams (Central Arkansas Christian School/Little Rock, Ark.)
On the game:
I thought we started off so slow in the first quarter. But in the fourth quarter, our intensity level was through the roof, and we really needed that to win the game.

We had a 12-point lead, but they knocked down some big 3s. But, we came back.

On Italy’s defense:
They would switch from man to zone, so we had to adjust to that and switch offenses.

What was the difference in the fourth quarter?
In the fourth quarter, we gained the momentum. That really helped us get the win.

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