Even with six players out injured, Oak Ridge had enough bodies and played well enough to defeat Rocklin in the first game of the season Monday, 60-38.
The Lady Trojans played host to Rocklin in the annual Foundation Game, prior to the boys’ team playing the Thunder in the nightcap. The team started off with a 17-point first quarter and while their offensive production dropped with each quarter, defensively, Oak Ridge held Rocklin to less than 10 points in three of the four quarters.
Oak Ridge featured a balanced attack right from the start, as Grace Derksen and Jenn Hoffman scored five points apiece in the first quarter, while Shelby Peters added four. The Lady Trojans held a 17-8 lead after one quarter and led comfortably 33-16 midway through the second quarter. The Thunder, however, scored the final nine points of the quarter to cut the lead to eight, 33-25, halfway through the game.
Rocklin got as close as six points when they scored the first basket of the second half, but Hoffman countered with a three and following another Rocklin basket, Oak Ridge scored six straight points on baskets by Nikki Dow, Jenna Ford and Sydney Stigerts to open up a 42-29 lead.
“I thought the energy level was good for the most part and that we rebounded well in the first half,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “Our defensive rotation slowed down in the second half, but maybe that’s because we were missing so many players. The girls have to understand, though, the energy level we need to play with for 32 minutes.
“We did some nice things offensively when we ran our offense correctly,” White continued. “We made good and bad decision all night in transition, but all that’s typical for a first game. I was pleased with the effort and energy.”
Peters led the team with 15 points, while Hoffman finished with 12 and Derksen, 10.
“It’s good to have three players in double digits and when you get enough girls scoring two, four and six points to go with it, you can put up a lot of points,” White said. “Shelby played well and probably could have scored 10 more points if she would have shot it. I tell the girls that when you have the ball you’re a scorer first until the defense makes you a passer. Our whole team is unselfish like that.”