Posted by POS-Not on March 14, 2017 at 16:37:41:
In Reply to: Re: MD/Valencia posted by Opinion on March 14, 2017 at 12:44:32:
: : : : : : Johnson seems to out with injury a lot, not
: : : : : : aware of the problem.
: : : : : : She's a non factor. Don't count Valencia out cuz they know how to press. And we all know MD don't have real PG. I smell an upset.
: : : : God this is going to confuse people...I am not talking to myself. Do you really think Valencia is going to upset Mater Dei? Just for everyone's information, Tolbert and Johnson will be playing tonight. Mater Dei has too many weapons for Valencia to stop. Also, Mater Dei's pressure will affect Valencia, especially since Valencia is weak in the point guard spot. Mater Dei will throw multiple presses at Valencia and trap Valencia's point guard. The only way to break Mater Dei's press is to get the ball up the court quickly before Mater Dei can get set and the only player for Valencia that I have seen move the ball effectively is Konrad. So Valencia will have to run and gun with no bench or depth while Mater Dei will have fresh bodies to keep throwing pressure at the Valencia guards. Mater Dei also is better at running a half court game so expect Mater Dei to use ball movement to get Valencia out of their zone defense. Mater Dei is tough to beat on their home court in front of their fans.
: : : I don't often agree with or even like most of the comments made from POS, but this last paragraph is spot on for the game tonight. Good breakdown of what will happen and what would need to happen for Valencia to pull off an upset, and IF Valencia beats Mater Dei it will be an UPSET.
: : Torbert and Johnson are playing?
: : Supposedly Torbert broke her fibula a couple weeks ago. If so, hard to come back from that.
: : No one seems to know about Johnson - someone said here she wasn't playing, but no one said why.
: : It is an interesting story line.
: : I think MD wins whether they play or not.
: : Even when Mater Dei is "Down", they still have more talent than 99% of the teams in the country. They are the favorite. However, Kiernan can be outcoached...by a lot of coaches. Last year, Cajon ran a 1-3-1 against Mater Dei and they had no clue. The one thing that the Valencia coach does is run weird zone type defenses. This game will be closer than most think.
: All these MD parents just love to hype their no true pg guards and no chemistry team. Everyone knows ya all can't handle a good press. Valencia presses very well, these girls been playing together since elementary. You best not take them lightly cuz they will come to your house and break you apart. No excuses with this girl is hurt, this one's under the weather. BS, own it and play your game.
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