By JOSH RIZZO
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
Brooklyn Moore is prepared to have a few shots blocked.
She isn't prepared to back down.
Moore, a 5-foot-10 forward for the Unity girls basketball team, realizes she must keep her composure when she tries to post up against Jordan Fletcher, Quincy High School's 6-4 senior center, during the KHQA/Subway Shootout at 5:30 p.m. Friday at The Pit.
"I can't let her get in my head, I just need to play my game and go to the hole strong," Moore said. "I've played against (6-2 Vanessa Markert) from Brown County. We just do our best to get around her, try to pump fake and get them up in the air. If I get blocked, I can't let it bother me. I just need to go up again."
That bring-it-on attitude is something the Lady Mustangs share.
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Unity, which is 22-4 and received seven votes in the Class 1A poll, welcomes to the opportunity to take on the Class 4A Blue Devils (11-10). The Lady Mustangs have run off nine consecutive wins since losing to Pittsfield Dec. 29.
"I think out of the 25 or so games we have scheduled, we only play three schools our size," Unity coach Brad Begeman said. "I joked with the girls that it's a David vs. Goliath game. You don't see 1A vs. 4A games much. We're not intimidated. I think its a good matchup. We just need to control the ball and play our game."
A balanced attack makes Unity dangerous. Moore averages a team-high 14.1 points per game and is second with 8.9 rebounds per game.
Breanne Begeman also provides punch on offense, averaging 14 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
Maggie Bowles, who averages 8.7 points and five steals per game, and Jill Donley (8.5 points per game) help take the attention away from Moore and Begeman.
Quincy finally has its lineup in place.
With senior guard Paige Abell back in the lineup, the Blue Devils are able to shift Aray'ia Dade to shooting guard and Hannah Reller to small forward. In Abell's absence, Dade was playing at point guard and Reller shooting guard.
"Getting Paige Abell back was a big boost," Blue Devils coach Demond Dade said. "She provides stability for our team offensively. Aray'ia and Hannah filled in nicely, but game in and game out, it put them at a disadvantage for what their strengths are."
The Blue Devils plan on using their full-court pressure to make Unity uncomfortable. Angel Bradford, Dade and Reagan Wellman will try to force the Lady Mustangs into making mistakes.
On offense, Quincy will count on Fletcher and Aray'ia Dade, who both average a little more than nine points per game.
"Our game plan doesn't change, it's going to be the same," Demond Dade said. "We're going to get come out and press the ball. Last week, we improved upon on settling down and running the offense when we have possessions."
Moore is ready for the challenge.
"We're ready for their fastness," Moore said. "A lot of the bigger schools have been faster than us. No one likes being pressured when they bring the ball up the floor. It may be frustrating at the beginning, but we can get through it."