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Lady Trojans outlast St. Francis in OT to move to 3-0

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Oak Ridge Lady Trojans were able to survive an overtime battle against Delta River League rival St. Francis in El Dorado Hills on Tuesday night, 58-54. The Lady Trojans picked up their third league victory next to zero losses.

Haley Anderson and Jenn Hoffman combined for 10 of Oak Ridge’s 12 overtime points to hold off the Troubadours, who out-rebounded the Lady Trojans, 38-23.

Oak Ridge held a three-point lead with just under a minute to play, when Susie Rogers hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 15 ticks left that knotted the game up at 47. Anderson’s driving attempt in the final seconds of regulation rimmed out and sent the game into the extra period.

Oak Ridge shot perfectly (4-for-4) in the overtime period, which included Hoffman’s consecutive driving lay-ins that put the Lady Trojans up by four with two minutes to go. Anderson’s runner in the lane, followed by a pair of free throws sealed the win for Oak Ridge.

“I thought we did a good job maintaining our composure,” said Oak Ridge coach Steve White. “St. Francis did a good job of executing their game plan. They had an answer for everything that we tried to throw at them. They were scoring on their (offensive) rebounds. They had a lot of second chance opportunities and we had a lot of one-and-done (possessions). When we’re not shooting the ball well, we have to find other ways. It was just two teams who really wanted it and it was just a good high school basketball game.”

In the third quarter, Ali Bettencourt traded 3-pointers with St. Francis’ backcourt of Rogers and Rachel Frank — who scored 11 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter and overtime — that kept the game in a deadlock early in the second half. Oak Ridge would take a four-point lead into the fourth.

Anderson finished with 18 points and seven boards, which led Oak Ridge. Hoffman and Bettencourt chipped in 13 apiece while the Troubadours’ Najah Queenland, despite shooting just 2-for-18, collected 16 rebounds and handed out 10 assists in the losing effort.

“We hadn’t been in a lot of these situations before so we relied on a lot of leadership from everybody,” said Anderson, who tallied 14 of her 18 points in the second half. “Our shots weren’t falling so we told ourselves that rebounding was going to decide this game. We’ve always said that we’re not going to get beat in effort. So we made a choice to just play physical like we know how to do.”

Oak Ridge hosts Sheldon on Friday night. The Lady Trojans are now 16-2 on the season.