Additional Quotes >> U.S. Women 34, South Korea 10
Kathy Richey-Walton, U.S. Women's Head Coach
Southwest DeKalb H.S., Ga.
On another good game in the post from Amber Henson and Kiah Stokes:
I think they were a little hesitant at first, this being the medal round and all. But once we got into a rhythm, we just took off from there.
How long did it take them to get into a rhythm?
A couple minutes, and I told them about it, because we got a different look from the defense from Korea. They sagged in on us to try to stop Kiah, but we have a whole lot of options. It took a couple minutes, but once we figured it out, we just took off. Other teams, we think, are going to try to sag in on us.
Have you shown everything the team can do?
No, we havenít showed everything we can do. We still have three or four things that we havenít shown yet. We showed one thing today that we hadnít done before, but we still have a few more things that weíre saving saving. And weíre going to wait. We want them all to think weíre one-dimensional and pull the rest out when we need to.
Youíre two wins away from a gold medal, now, how do you close it out?
I explained to them that tomorrowís extremely important. But once you get to this point, they understand whatís at stake, so itís not going to take much to get them to focus. They want it really bad, so we just need to make sure we have a good game plan to go forward, because the girls are really excited and motivated.
Buford H.S./Flowery Branch, Ga
Korea gave you a different look on defense tonight?
Yeah, they were sagging off on us, so itís like theyíre telling us to shoot it. But we attack so well and get it into the post so well, at first we were kind of like, ĎWhat?í My girl sagged off me at first, and I tried to shoot it, but I wasnít on rhythm. We knew we couldnít shoot ourselves out of the game. So we just kept attacking, and thatís what we had to do.
Whatís it been like to have Kiah and Amber dominating down low?
Oh, my gosh. Me and Bri donít care at all who scores the points. We donít need any of the glory, we just need the win. Kiah and Amber have just been killing this whole time, and it doesnít make sense for us to go away from that, because in the end, we win. Theyíre, like, unstoppable so far. No oneís been able to stop it, so we just keep doing it.
How much does this team still have left to show?
Weíve got a couple of things still up our sleeve. We put in some new stuff, but weíre not showing it unless we have to. Weíve got a couple of things coming. Today we didnít show it because we didnít need to.
Two wins away from gold, how do you get it done?
One game at a time. We just have to play hard, play our game. Weíre pretty much the best, we just gotta go out there and show it. We canít take what they give us. We have to take what we want. Really, itís been our defense. Everyone sees the score, and they see us scoring so much, but if the other teams canít score, they canít win.
Linn-Mar H.S./Marion, Iowa
How have you and Amber been so successful during this tournament?
We just have to be physical with their posts, and we usually have a height advantage. So we just use that to our advantage as much as we can, and I think it works out.
How did you adjust to Koreaís different defensive look?
They started sagging on us, and coach just told us to try to use their defender as a screen to try to clog up the lane a little bit and to go off that. Mostly, we just tried to take outside shots, but they werenít really falling, so we just kind of forced it back in and penetrated.
What does the team need to do to get the gold medal?
Weíre confident. We know that if we play the best we can play, no one can beat us. So we just need to keep playing hard and getting stops on defense, and we should win the gold.
Overall, whatís it been like at this tournament?
Yeah, itís definitely fun. Coming in, we really didnít know what to expect, but itís been fun. The game is a little more one-on-one, so itís kind of like playing back at home with your friends on the playground. Plus, itís a fun environment, and in the arena they have music and announcers. Itís a really fun and lively atmosphere to be in.