In his 20th season as the Ventura College women's basketball head coach, Ned Mircetic will coach in his eight state championship game Sunday afternoon at Cal Lutheran.
We asked him for some thoughts as he prepared the game plan Saturday night:
"I just hope we play exceptionally well tomorrow, play our best game of the year.
"It's that time of year now when you just throw your whole playbook out there and don't hold anything back.... Whatever you think is going to work, you have to do it in this game."
(On the sensational play of Chanelle Brennan, who is averaging 21 points and 10.5 rebounds per game through the first two rounds of the state tournament)
"Hopefully, she has one more game left in her. I think she does. I think the best thing Chanelle does is compete. She's a fierce competitor. And she's a good sport, she gets hit pretty hard out there and she just gets up and does it again."
(General thoughts on Fullerton)
"Fullerton is a finesse, athletic team. Well-disciplined and well coached. Definitely the deepest team we've played all year.
"They don't really have any weaknesses that we can probe and try to take advantage of. We're going to have to play a complete game.
We're going to have to get back in transition and defend their break. We're going to have to deal with their pressure in a variety of ways. We're going to do have to deal with the way they play their motion offense, how they place people in the best position to be successful.
"They're not the physically opposing team that SF or Laney was, but they are the best team in the state. It's that depth of talent that they have."
(on handing Fullerton its only loss of the season in November)
"I know we beat them and all of that stuff early, but I don't understand how we did that, even though I watched it on tape four or five times now.
"We'll find out tomorrow."