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Timea Gardiner and Amari DeBerry

Additional Quotes: USA 98, Mexico 33

  • Date:
    Jun 19, 2019

Game Story

USA head coach Mark Campbell (Union University)
On the game:
I was happy that we applied some things defensively, and we were in a lot better position defensively. We didn’t shoot as well from 3 tonight, so obviously that’s a different feeling, but I thought Olivia had her best game tonight. I thought Amari had her best game tonight, and I thought we made some extra passes. We have several things we've got to get better at coming into tomorrow. We are going to play a Brazil team that is a lot different than the teams we have played so far.

What do you expect out of Brazil in tomorrow’s quarterfinals?
They are going to be quick at every position. They are going to switch screens. They are going to press. All those things are different than what we have faced.

Do you think your team is ready for the quarterfinals?
Yes. I think we are very deep, and, obviously, that makes a huge difference in games when you have people earn a sub by giving a great effort and trusting the people coming in. I think they are ready for a challenge.

Janiah Barker (Tampa Bay Tech H.S., Fla./Marietta, Ga.)
On the game:
We played collectively, and we played team ball. I’m proud of us as a team. We pushed the ball in transition, and we moved the ball really well. We drove and kicked and rebounded well.

What is the team’s attitude going into the medal rounds?
We have been playing for this for so long. It has been a journey to get to this place. So, we are trying our hardest to win.

Amari DeBerry (Williamsville South H.S./Buffalo, N.Y.)
On the game:
The team played really well. It was one of our better games. We really played together and hustled really hard. We worked for every board and on every possession that we had.

What things does the team still need to work on?
There is always room to improve. I think just really make sure we box out and run everything to the fullest.

What is the team’s attitude going into the medal rounds?
We’re ready. We know Brazil is one of the better teams, so we are ready for that competition.

Saylor Poffenbarger (Middletown H.S./Middletown, Md.)
On the game:
I think we played really well. Tonight was one of our better games all as a team. When we have scouting reports, we have very specific details, and tonight we did a really good job of executing the specifics and the little things that matter, like having one foot in the passing lane. We pushed the ball and posted up, and our posts were really physical. Our guards were ready to pass, and we played really unselfish basketball.

How much fun is it to play on this team?
It definitely is a lot of fun. I was kind of nervous going into trials, because you never know what girls are going to make the team, and if they are going to be mean outside of basketball. I haven’t known these girls for more than a month, and they all seem like my best friends. I think that is really cool, just because we can tell each other anything. We’ve been away from our parents, and we’ve been away from home, and it just brought us closer. We can have fun on the court and then come off the court and have just as much fun.

On playing Brazil in the quarterfinals:
I’m really excited. Coach was talking about how they were super quick, and they are going to be disciplined. So, I’m really excited to see what our team does when we deal with a little bit of adversity. Brazil is always tough, and I think it is going to be a fun game.

Kiki Rice (Sidwell Friends School, D.C./Bethesda, Md.)
On the game:
We played really well. We played team basketball. We moved the ball and had a lot of assists and rebounds. It was one of our better games.

What things does the team still need to work on?
More consistency over the four quarters and pressuring the ball on defense. Sometimes we go up and down, but more consistency would help us a lot, especially going into the medal rounds.

On playing Brazil in the quarterfinals:
Coach said this is going to be a different kind of game. They are going to press us, and it’s going to be more up-tempo. They are quick at every position. So, it’s going to be a new opponent, but we have been preparing for this for a while, so we are ready.

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