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Lady Trojans’ run halted by Pleasant Grove,56-42

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Oak Ridge girls’ basketball team had the tough assignment of opening Delta River League play on the road against another league favorite Pleasant Grove. Coach Steve White knew his Lady Trojans would have a tough task in challenging the Lady Eagles on their home court. Junior forward Avonna Lee scored seven of her game-high 17 points — without missing a shot — in the final quarter, including a 3-pointer that felt like a dagger with 1:35 left. The shot put Pleasant Grove up by 11 and the Lady Eagles moved to 1-0 in league with the 56-42 victory. “It’s tough to have (Pleasant Grove) right out of the gate. No doubt, they create matchup problems,” said White. Oak Ridge (11-5, 0-1 DRL) led after the first quarter, 14-7, but the Lady Eagles made two momentous runs in both the second and third quarter to put the heat on the Lady Trojans. A 9-0 run midway through the second gave the Eagles a three-point halftime lead. Jenna Klein hit one of her four 3-pointers on the night on the first possession of the third quarter before the Lady Eagles went on to score 13 unanswered points to go up 36-23. In the fourth, Oak Ridge began trapping and making stops. Haley Anderson took a steal for a layup and Katie Hoisington pick-pocketed a Pleasant Grove post player, which led to another Klein 3-pointer that brought Oak Ridge within six with 3:45 remaining — the closest they would get for the rest of the game. “I felt like we played with a lot of energy and played well as a team,” said Klein, who led Oak Ridge with 16 points and four steals. “I think we started out really well, but we just lacked on the rebounds and giving up easy buckets.” Hoisington gave Oak Ridge five rebounds, four assists and four steals while sophomore Jenn Hoffman scored 11 points with a pair of 3-pointers. “We had chances. We just struggled a little bit offensively tonight,” White said. “We had some girls hit some shots for us tonight but we just need to find that one more person, that one extra person to come off the bench and give us a lift.” Oak Ridge home league opener is on Thursday against Folsom at 7 p.m.