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2020 U.S. Open Basketball Championships
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Additional Quotes: USA U18 Women 117, Guatemala 32

  • Date:
    Jul 13, 2016

USA Head Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio (Pittsburgh)
On the game:

This was a great way to start this tournament. We got great contributions from each and every player, offensively, defensively, rebounding. We put a lot of points on the board. The execution was great, as was the ball movement. A lot of times we were unselfish and made the extra pass, creating in transition off of our defense. Players stepped up. Coming into this tournament, preparing like we did, we had no idea what to expect. I’m very excited with the way we started, and hopefully we can continue to play like we did tonight. 

What were you working on in the second half?
We looked to mix up our combinations in the second half, playing different players together. At any given time, we could have to depend on all 12 players some games; lineups will be different. So, we are still trying to develop that chemistry in game situations. I’m very pleased with the way we came out in the second half and were able to maintain our intensity. A lot of times, teams make adjustments, and they come out with a sense of urgency, but our players responded and really did a lot of good things over the course of the entire game.

Rellah Boothe (IMG Academy/Ocala, Fla.)
On the game:

It was a really good win. We came out, and we were ready and humble. We executed. 

What were you working on in the second half?
The things that I did in the second half were to rebound and pass the ball.

How was the team’s chemistry?
Absolutely our chemistry was there. We did a really good job of talking on the court and playing together. 

Chennedy Carter (Timberview H.S./Mansfield, Texas)
On the game: 

I think we played great. We moved the ball offensively and got some wide-open looks and easy shots. We made the game easy for ourselves, so I think we did a great job. 

Do you think the team executed, even with the big lead you had?
I think we did execute. We ran what coach wanted us to run.

Are you ready for Brazil tomorrow?
I am really ready. Brazil will be a good game to test us as a team, and we are going to bring everything we got tomorrow.

Ruthy Hebard (West Valley H.S./Fairbanks, Alaska)
On the game:

I think we played really well and executed our plays, so I’m really happy about how the game turned out.

We pushed through pretty well. We stuck together through the whole thing. 

What were you working on in the second half?
I think we were focusing on executing our defense, running the clock down and making sure to pass the ball around – lots of ball movement. I think we did that well, especially for our first game.s

Amber Ramirez (Karen Wagner H.S./San Antonio, Texas)
On the game:

It feels crazy. We came out with a lot of intensity. We didn’t want to come out and take Guatemala lightly. 

On her shooting:
It felt great. The team kept getting me the ball, and I kept shooting and making shots. If shooting is what my team needs, I’m going to give that to them.

On playing Brazil tomorrow:
We are going to come out against Brazil like we would with every other team. We are going to come out and play how we played tonight. If we do that, we will be alright.

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