Valentine demonstrated the ability to cover both guard positions and relished in match-ups against some of the best players from around the league.
“She can hold her own, I feel, with anyone in the county,” said Vikings coach Anthony Bell. “Tori is a lock down defender. It don’t matter who you put her on she’ll guard anybody. She’s fearless. She’s fun to watch, because defense is first.”
Valentine is a swarming defender with great defensive positioning as most of her offense was created on the defensive end from steals and buckets in transition. She led her team in steals (73), averaging more than three per game, and was a menace against guards bringing the ball up the floor.
“I like watching Tori play,” said Long Reach coach Kelli Cofield. “I thought she took on that charge, especially when you have ball handlers like I do, people don’t want to guard them as much but I thought Tori did a great job on Kiana [Williams] the one time that we played her. I thought she stayed with her. She is one of the best people that has defended her I think.”