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Additional Quotes: USA 107, Brazil 32

  • Date:
    Jun 20, 2019

• Game Story

USA head coach Mark Campbell (Union University)
On the game:
Brazil was different than any team we have played, because they are really quick. I was really happy with how hard we played. I don’t think we played perfect by any means.

I gave the team the example of Saylor. Saylor shot the ball pretty poorly tonight and didn’t get any shots last night, and that is supposedly what she is known for. And then she has our second-best assist-to-turnover ratio. Tonight she has six assists, she has nine rebounds and she just made some things happen. I love the fact that our players don’t allow if their main thing is not going well to stop playing hard in the other areas. It just shows some maturity for some 15 and 16-year-olds that is unusual.

I love the fact that they pull for each other. I feel like we are focused for 40 minutes for the most part. That’s a hard thing to do to get any team to focus for 40 minutes. I think you can tell by our quarters defensively. This is an exceptional team, but we still have a lot of work to do.

On the USA’s transition game:
I bet you we have scored 45% of our points in transition in the tournament. That starts on the defensive end, getting stops and getting block outs, and it leads to us being able to get points in transition. Up to this point, I think we’ve only called out four sets, and I think we have 16 sets. And so, that’s been good, because it has allowed them to play and it has allowed us not to have to show everything to every opponent.

On reaching the semifinals:
We will prepare for whoever we play. We will just take it one step at a time. The girls got to celebrate qualifying for the U17 World Cup, and that was fun for them, but the first thing they said in the locker room was we’re not done. So, again, this group has been extraordinary with maturity, and they’ve been a lot of fun to be around.

Sonia Citron (The Ursuline School/Scarsdale, N.Y.)
On the game:
We played within ourselves. We didn’t let the emotions of the game get into our heads. We just kept calm and played our game.

On reaching the semifinals:
That’s great, but there is more to go. So, we have to stay focused and keep doing our thing.

On the team’s balanced scoring and being the leading scorer against Brazil:
My teammates always find a way to find me when I’m open, so the credit goes to them. It is the same thing every game, we just come in and we all have to do our individual jobs to do. There are some nights where some people are more open, and whoever is open, the team finds a way to get the ball to them.

Amari DeBerry (Williamsville South H.S./Buffalo, N.Y.)
On the game:
Brazil came out really aggressive, but I think we combated that really well by staying focused on what we were doing. We are usually focused on defense, but I think tonight everything clicked well. Saylor did a great job, Olivia always does a great job passing, all of us did a good job of coming together and using our abilities.

On reaching the semifinals:
We are really excited. We are just focusing on one game at a time. So, we are just going to grind it out.

Aaliyah Moore (Moore H.S./Moore, Okla.)
On the game:
All I can say is, ‘wow.’ That was so much fun. Brazil is a really good team, and we knew it was going to be a challenging game. But we knew that if we came out hard in the first five minutes and we didn’t let up, the game would be in our corner, and that’s what we did.

What things did the USA do well?
We did a good job of being in passing lanes, and we got a lot of steals. Sonia had a bunch of steals. And, playing in transition. And then we played a two-three defense today, and we were so much better at that today than we have been.

On reaching the semifinals:
A little bit relieved. We are almost there, and I am ready. I’m ready to go out and compete hard against whoever we play in the semifinals.

Kiki Rice (Sidwell Friends School, D.C./Bethesda, Md.)
On the game:
I think we came into the game knowing it was going to be a different type of competition. We played really hard. We started off with a fast tempo, and we pushed the ball. We really played to our strengths. We fed the ball inside to our posts, who had a really good game finishing tonight. They went up strong. Even if we weren’t hitting our 3s, we were crashing the offensive boards, blocking out on free throws. We were doing things we had worked on improving.

On reaching the semifinals:
We are excited. Right now we are focused on the next game, but we are excited to have qualified for next summer. Our hard work is paying off.



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