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Tip Off Classic preview: Simley vs. Mounds View

By Breakdown Staff, 11/26/12, 4:45PM CST


11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at Hopkins Lindbergh Main Court


The one thing you can count on at the Breakdown Tip-Off Classic is interesting matchups that you otherwise would not see. This non-conference matchup between teams from different classes will be one of two distinct styles.

Simley is led by big-time post scorers in Abby Kain and Kylie Brown, who averaged a combined 24 ppg last season. On the other side, Mounds View will be very perimeter-based this season and will rely heavily on its point guard, Katie McDaniels, to carry the scoring load this season.

Key Matchup

Katie McDaniels vs. Alexis Boyd-Lockett
McDaniels is very dangerous coming off ball-screens, and is able to get to the rim at will against most defenders. Boyd-Lockett has the quickness to keep her in front, and if she can limit those easy layups for McDaniels, Mounds View offense will really suffer.


Why Simley will win:

  • The Spartans’ post combo of Kylie Brown and Abby Kain will be unstoppable.
  • Brown will clog the lane on defense with her shot blocking prowess and eliminate easy looks around the basket for Mounds View.

Why Mounds View will win:

  • Katie McDaniels will come up huge like she does in so many SEC games and will kill Simley in the pick and roll.
  • Jacky Volkert will emerge as a new No. 2 scoring option and take some of the focus off of McDaniels.

Our Prediction: Simley


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