CONKLIN (WBNG) - State basketball playoffs return Friday night, but the Susquehanna Valley girl's basketball team has to wait all the way until Sunday for its regional playoff game. The Sabers are the second ranked team in the state, undefeated, STAC Champions and Section IV Champs, but they are about to be tested by an athlete few can match.
Susquehanna Valley battles Bishop Ludden in regionals, the same team Seton Catholic faced during its state playoff run last year. Bishop Ludden's Danielle Rauch scored 14 points in the fourth quarter of that game to almost lead her team to a come from behind victory. 12 Sports caught up with the Sabers to find out how they plan on defending the Michigan commit.
"She's a creator," said Susquehanna Valley senior guard Trinasia Kennedy. "The only way her team is going to be good is if we let her do whatever she wants. So, our goal is to make sure that when she catches the ball and gives it up, she never gets it back, and it will mess up the entire flow of what they are doing."
"She's got a tremendous motor," said Susquehanna Valley head coach Chad Freije. "She goes basically from the tip to the end of the game. We've played in Syracuse in the fall, but we've never played against her. I've seen her play quite a bit. Tremendous ball-handler, really unselfish, good facilitator, she can shoot. (She) presents a really good challenge for us defensively."
No. 2 Susquehanna Valley and No. 4 Bishop Ludden tip-off at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.