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Lady Trojans 9-1 after win over Christian Brothers

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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From the first minute of the second quarter, Oak Ridge led Christian Brothers by double digits for the remainder of the game, but boy did they have to work.
 
Had the scoreboard been turned off it would have been hard to know who was leading, as the Falcons pushed the Lady Trojans hard all the way to the final minute. In the end, Oak Ridge earned the 58-47 win to improve to 9-1 on the season.
 
“Christian Brothers plays extremely hard and they give you a lot of energy,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “Their coach should be proud of their performance as I am of my team.”
 
Oak Ridge dominated the second quarter and that dominance proved to be the difference in the game, which determined the champion of Oak Ridge’s annual Toss-Up Tournament. The Lady Trojans outscored Christian Brothers, 27-13, in the quarter, turning a slim three-point lead to 17 by halftime.
 
Tournament MVP Haley Anderson scored eight of her 15 points in the pivotal quarter. Jenn Hoffman scored seven of her 15 points in the quarter, while Nikki Dow scored all six of her points in the quarter. 
 
Oak Ridge started the quarter on an 11-0 run over the first two minutes. Dow scored inside and Ali Bettencourt followed with a pair of free throws. After a steal by Hoffman, Anderson scored in the paint. Hoffman again made another steal and this time found Dow for a layup. Shelby Peters picked off a long pass for the team’s third straight steal and Hoffman drained a three at the other end for a 24-10 lead with 6:19 to play in the quarter.
 
“We played better in the first half than we did in the second,” White said. “We were able to finish our shots in the first."
 
The Falcons outscored Oak Ridge by six points in the third quarter, but got no closer than nine points to the lead.
 
Anderson and Hoffman scored 15 points to lead the way, while Bettencourt finished with 10. While Anderson was the tournament’s MVP, Hoffman and Bettencourt were all-tournament selections.
 
Dow and Peters finished the game with six points apiece.
 
Oak Ridge reached the championship game with a 54-43 win over River City Friday. River City lead 29-28 at halftime, but a 15-2 advantage in the third quarter led the Lady Trojans to victory. Anderson scored 16 points, while Bettencourt finished with 11.
 
In the first round 57-33 win over Will C. Wood, Peters led the way with 14 points, while Bettencourt scored 10.
 
The Lady Trojans have a week’s worth of practice before the holiday. On Dec. 27, the team will be headed to Orlando with a 9-1 record, a much better mark than White anticipated his team having at this point of the season.
 
“There’s something about this team; they just have a lot of fight,” White said. “They’re gamers. Now we have to get better at the practice part of it and playing four good quarters instead of two-and-a-half.”