Lady Tigers face Oneonta in B’hamPublished 2:56pm Wednesday, February 27, 2013
By Ed Bailey
After grinding through to the Class 4A Central Regional championship, Dadeville’s Lady Tigers (20-9) have another tough test on their hands in Birmingham: the top-ranked Oneonta Lady Redskins (30-4).
If the Tigers are able to defeat Oneonta, they will advance to the Class 4A girls championship game.
Dadeville girls basketball coach Mitch Joiner said that a focus of the team’s preparation has been ball security. The Lady Redskins wreaked havoc via forced turnovers during their 20-point regional final victory over West Limestone, which Joiner witnessed in person.
“The turnover ratio will be key,” Joiner said. “From what I saw, Oneonta scored at least 14 points off of turnovers. We had 20 turnovers against Calera and 19 against Childersburg so we’re inching them down, but if we keep them at 15 or below, we’ve got a shot.”
Joiner said he expects good games from stud post players Rae Williams and Destiny Green, as the defense Oneonta tends to run may play into the Lady Tigers’ offensive game plan.
“They like to run a half-court man to man defense,” he said. “If they try to man up on Rae or Destiny, I think that’ll help us. From what I saw, I don’t think they have anyone that can match up with Rae, especially if they play man to man. .”
Joiner said that point guard Janeisha Moss would have to thrive against that man to man defense for Dadeville to be most effective.
“We run a motion offense and we want Moss to penetrate,” Joiner said. “Against a team that plays a lot of man to man, she’s the key to everything we do. She makes a lot of things happen. I’ll put it to you this way — Rae and Destiny would be useless without Janeisha.”
Joiner acknowledged that Oneonta would be a tough challenge but said that if his team could win the battle of the guards, they have a good shot of advancing.
“They’ve beaten some very good 4A, 5A and 6A schools,” Joiner said of the Lady Tigers’ upcoming opponents. “They’re well-coached, but I think we’ve got a chance. We’re going to win in the paint but the key will be who’s going to win the outside battle.”
Dadeville and Oneonta play Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham.