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|Kelsey Plum, the No. 31 prospect in the class of 2013, looks to lead Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.) to the Anderson Division championship Thursday against Holy Cross (Kensington, Md.).|
In a battle for a championship between a West Coast team and an East Coast team, who would prevail?It's a question that can be answered Thursday when Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.) and No. 19 Academy of the Holy Cross (Kensington, Md.) face in the championship game of the John Anderson Invitational Division. These two teams are not only from opposite sides of the country, but their styles of play are also stark contrasts. The East Coast is known for its halfcourt sets, where teams grind out each play and get it done one possession at a time. As for the West, it's more of a run-and-gun offensive scheme that involves a lot of transition baskets and nonstop pressure on defense. Country Day holds true to the West Coast style of play, and it knocked off Brea Olinda (Calif.) 67-50 Wednesday in a semifinal win that included plenty of easy points off turnovers. The Torreys press on every defensive possession, and although it might not have an immediate impact on the game in the first half, opponents become more and more fatigued as the second half progresses. Defense is always an important part of Country Day's game plan, but against Brea the team focused on specifics to get the win.
|As Pandora Wilson demonstrates, Holy Cross' size was a handful for Erin Nelson and St. Joseph's Academy.|
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Discuss this on our Message Board.Rebecca Gray is an intern for ESPN HoopGurlz. She previously wrote a column for the website about her experiences as a freshman on basketball scholarship at the University of North Carolina. She transferred to and played at Kentucky and now plays basketball and golf at Union College. A 5-foot-10, sharp-shooting guard out of Georgetown, Ky., Gray was named Miss Basketball in the state of Kentucky after averaging 25.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 4.8 assists during her senior season at Scott County High School. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.