IN THE KNOW: Victoria West girls playoff game
Feb. 14, 2011 at 2 a.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2011 at 8:14 p.m.
What you need to know about the Victoria West girls bi-district matchup with San Antonio Burbank on Monday night in Gonzales.
WHEN AND WHERE: 6 p.m. at Gonzales High School.
VICTORIA WEST AT-A-GLANCE
24-8, 9-1 District 30-4A, finished first place.
ABOUT SAN ANTONIO BURBANK
Finished 13-19, 9-7 District 29-4A
Burbank is lucky to have made it to the playoffs, considering Jefferson almost caught it. The Lady Bulldogs don't have a lot of size as a team, topping out with 5-foot-6 posts Ingrid Ortega and Tiffany Hernandez. The Lady Bulldogs were 7-9 at home and 6-10 on the road.
WEST'S KEYS TO THE GAME
Keep Hernandez in check
The Lady Bulldogs have one go-to player: Darian Hernandez. The senior averages more than 17 points per game, and is the main offensive threat. Keeping her from taking over the game will be important.
Exploit the press
Burbank is a small team, and a lot of players on the team are averaging a lot of steals per game. West has shown time in and time out to have the ability to break the press with a sickening crack, which it will likely have to do Monday.
WEST KEY PLAYERS
Eboni Murphy, senior point guard (pictured): She is the team's central ball handler all season, but come playoff time the Warriors may need her to be a scoring threat as well. Murphy has done a good job at being unselfish with the ball, but she may be sharing too much. She has been reluctant to score at times this season, instead passing the ball to hotter hands. But if those go cold, it may be in the senior's hands to prop up the offense.
Treka Franklin, sophomore guard/post: Franklin is a talented player on her own, and coach Sandra Jimenez's system has only made her better. She gets a lot of touches in the low post, but also possesses the quickness of a guard (a position she played as a freshman in Athens.) That ability to play both positions gives the Warriors two talented players in the low post, and a fourth person to add to the Warriors press break. Most important for her will be to find a way to stay on the court, and out of foul trouble. She stands 5-foot-8, but has the ability to play much taller than that.