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In his words: Woodlan coach David Randall on winning sectional title

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The Warriors beat Canterbury in title game

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:44 am

BERNE -- Woodlan can add another trophy to its case this season. The

ACAC Tournament and regular season champs claimed the 2A Sectional 36

title after beating Canterbury 71-67 at South Adams. Woodlan head

coach Dave Randall spoke to reporters following the game:

On winning the school's first sectional title since 1997:

That's a long time. You know what, we had three goals and I thought

we'd be good this year. Our goals were to win our (conference)

tournament, win our conference and do this, so, wow. I'm thrilled for

these kids. They've worked so hard, and once we got our heads on

straight a bit after the first quarter we dug in, and we just kept

playing hard. I'm thrilled for them, this is their story, this is

their year. They were two years old when '97 happened. So, I'm

thrilled for them to write theor own history and they've absolutely

earned it."

On responding to Canterbury's hot start from three (Cavs were 5-for-6

in the first quarter):

They were shredding our zone, so let's match-up, that's what I told

them. The (Trevor) Uhl kid was hitting them from all over the place. I

think as a coach you have to say, 'Okay, throw plan A out, let's see

what plan B looks like. To the kids credit, they wanted to play

man-to-man. They wanted to dig in and put it on them, and they did.

I'm just happy because I felt like when we got kicked in the guy we

fought back, and Canterbury is a good team, he's playing all those

freshman and sophomores, they've got a very bright future ahead of

them. We just came down here feeling like this was our time. We just

needed to go out and outwork people and see what happens. So,

fortunately that was able to happen."

On the team's second quarter and Kadin Gerig's 8 straight points:

"We don't see a lot of zones because of Kadin. When they put that 2-3

(zone) out we kind of lit up. Everyone face guards Kadin (Gerig) and

for them to play a 2-3 zone, we just thought, 'Okay, that's cool.' We

got back in the game because of defense as much as we started scoring

points. We got back into the game because of defense and that's really

it. That's what we try to sell our kids on - play defense, get

rebounds. The big kid (Canterbury's Andrew Kus) gave us a lot of

problem, we started doubling the post a little bit, but other than a

couple missed rotations I thought we did well on that."

On the senior class:

"These kids have bought in from day one on the team concept; they have

bought in to trust each other. These seniors have completely changed

the tone of this program, and I couldn't be happier for them to come

back and see the wall with those trophies with their pictures on

them."