Head coach Kale’ Dwight discusses strategy in game preparation for the quarterfinals and his team’s mentality towards advancing in the State tournament.
1. How are you feeling after your team’s win tonight?
“I am feeling really good. I had a lot of anxiety before this ball game. Tigard is a very good team. We beat them earlier in the season but they had several injuries. So I was really happy about our win tonight.”
2. What anxiety exactly were you feeling before the game?
“I just knew that Tigard was good. They know how to pass and score. They are very good team and our number one rival, which makes this win that much more emotional.”
3. What was your plan of attack coming into this match?
“We just knew that we needed to play our game, our tempo, and make good passes and runs. Regardless of what refs call and don’t call, we knew we needed to play the way that we know how to play.”
4. Can you speak to your team’s high energy and intensity out on the field tonight?
“They wanted this game badly. I talked to them yesterday and asked them which team they would least like to lose to, and they said Tigard. So I said that we needed to practice and play tomorrow like that. I said ‘let’s bring it up and bring it from the very beginning’.”
5. So you don’t feel the responsibility to get these girls pumped up for these State play-off games?
“We have the skill, but it is all mental for these girls. If they can play to their potential then they can beat teams. And in order to get to where we want to be, we are going to have to play really good teams like Tigard.”
6. From here on out, how are you planning on practicing to prepare for your match against Westview on Saturday?
“We are just going to keep working on energy, intensity, and prepping for each individual game. We are not looking past anything. We wouldn’t have been playing Saturday unless we had won tonight, and next Tuesday doesn’t matter unless we win on Saturday. Right now we need to take it one game at a time and not overlook anyone.”