CONKLIN (WBNG) - The Susquehanna Valley girl's basketball team is off to a 6-0 start with their biggest win coming Friday night when they knocked off the defending Class B Section IV Champs, Seton Catholic.
"Defensively we were pretty tough," said head coach Chad Freije. "We did a really good job of covering the ball. In the past we have had trouble covering their guards, keeping them out of the paint."
"Defense was our biggest component all throughout the game," said junior guard Holly Manchester. "Controlling the offensive and defensive boards really helped us."
After the Saints ended SV's Class B State Title defense run last year in the Section IV finals, the Sabres admit, this one meant a little more.
"It was a huge boost of emotions for all of us," said senior forward Erin Nolan. "I think half the time they got up, we got nervous because that's what happened in the sectional game, but in the last quarter we were able to finish through strong and get through our fatigue to win the game."
"We knew that we could win," said Manchester. "And we are excited that we won this game but we know it's only half of the redemption we are looking for."
Leading the way for the Sabres this year, a deadly inside-outside game.
"Definitely our height advantage," said Nolan. "And I think our guards are really fast compared to other ones on different teams."
Well the Sabres are enjoying their 6-0 start, they know there's still work to be done to get back to States.
"I don't think we are there yet," said Nolan. "Obviously, it's the beginning of the season and we've only played six games. We have a lot to work on but I think we are getting close to that every single game that we do things that we are suppose to do and getting better in practices."
"Just gotta keep doing the small things," said Freije. "Defense really does win championships. That was our message to them two years ago and so hopefully we can get back to playing tough defense on the ball and controlling the defensive glass. If we can do that, hopefully it works out for us again."
Susquehanna Valley takes the floor again Wednesday night at home against Johnson City. Tip off is set for 7:15 p.m..