Cindy Moore, head coach, said Dawson (19-9) owes a lot of its success to its post play, which is led by Sheyenne Seabolt and Ashley Parker.
“From what I’ve heard, they prefer a style of play that is more deliberate than we are accustomed to,” Moore said. “If we can, we’d like to play at the higher tempo we’re used to against them.
“We believe that would be to our advantage also because of our depth. We have been able to bring some off players off the bench and develop some depth this season, and now is the time where we could see the benefits of that.”
She said a lot of their offense is from Seabolt, an all-region post player who averages about 17 points per game, and Parker, who along with a third player are all close to 6 feet tall.
“They get most of their scoring in the paint, but their posts will shoot a three every now and then,” she said.
That style of play will challenge the post players at Cartersville (22-4).
“We believe with our twins [Morgan and Maya Jones] and Rachel Christina, we’ll be able to match up with them and the difference will be whichever team gets better guard play,” she said.
Cartersville has a bevy of guards to turn to.
“Kae [Irby], Kimora [McClinic] and Hallie [Wachsmuth] have been our starters all year, and we also bring in Madison [McKinney], Kate [Garner], Kalai Willis and Asia [Murray],” Moore said.
The coach said the game itself should be an entertaining matchup as both teams try to impose their style of play on their opponent.
“I feel like the best way to sum up the game is we have two styles of play. They don’t want to play up tempo and that’s how we’ve played all season,” she said.
Moore said the important thing to remember is that all the teams in the playoffs will be a challenge.
“At this point there are no bad teams,” she said. “Everyone is here is for a reason. They do some things very well.”
She said she feels Cartersville needs to make the most out of having home court and believes the Lady Purple Hurricanes can do that.
“I feel good about our chances,” Moore said. “We have to shoot better, obviously, than we did Tuesday night. But I feel like that was an anomally and we got that out of our system. We don’t have to do anything extra. We just have to play Cartersville basketball.”
Cartersville was defeated by Sonoraville at home Tuesday night, 62-47. The Lady Canes had defeated the Lady Phoenix twice during the regular season but found the third time was a bigger hurdle than they could clear.
Moore said it important that Cartersville, which hit 19 percent of its shots from the field Tuesday, including 0-for-11 from 3-point range, has a short memory in the postseason.
“We probably have not shot that poorly all season,” she said. “We kept saying on the bench that someone would hit a shot and that would take the pressure off. Now we have to have a short memory and keep putting the ball up.”
She said she believes her team needs to play up to its potential to get the result it wants today.
“I don’t think we have to be extraordinary,” she said. “We just want to do what we’ve done in our 22 wins. We have done a good job scoring all season and we have to do that one game at a time the rest of the way.”
Dawson County is averaging a little over 56 points per outing while Cartersville scores 61 points. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.