Coach Nichole Copeland attributed part of Tuesday’s loss to the inexperience on the floor, an issue that will only improve by playing more games. But no game can replicate the experience of going on the road for the Crosstown Clash, though the experience will almost certainly benefit the Tigers moving forward.
“It’s a tough matchup, but we’ll throw the ball up and go play,” Copeland said. “I’ve seen dramatic improvement every step of the way from this group, and I like coaching them. They mesh well, they’re eager to learn and they hate to lose.”
The battle inside the paint will be key to the contest.
The Timberwolves have a strong frontline in Woodard, Alexa Scott and Julian Mougell, who could all draw the assignment of guarding Franks. Another interesting matchup will come around the perimeter, where North’s Sam Landreth will likely draw the task of guarding Ely, a prolific shooter who has had Clash success in the past.
“I like how we match up,” said Blough, whose team will next play in the Tournament of Champions in Tulsa beginning the day after Christmas. “And it’s important for us to play well against NHS before going into the tournament.”
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