Lady Trojans rolling along at 15-2

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ basketball team seems to be out to prove its impressive non-league performance was for real.

The Lady Trojans opened Delta River League play Jan. 8 with a solid 66-54 win over Pleasant Grove. After an expected big win over Folsom two days later, the Lady Trojans destroyed a solid Del Oro team Saturday, 57-36.

The 15-2 Lady Trojans face St. Francis today before playing host to Sheldon Friday, which will be two more good tests for one of the hottest teams in the area.

“These will be two more typical Delta River League games,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “St. Francis is always talented and Sheldon has already beaten St. Francis and are better than their record shows. These will be two hard-fought games.”

Oak Ridge and Pleasant Grove played evenly for much of the game, except the Lady Trojans outscored Pleasant Grove 18-10 in the third quarter, which turned a two-point halftime lead into a 10-point cushion heading into the final quarter.

Even though Oak Ridge defeated the Eagles earlier in the year by 44 points, White was happy with his team’s performance.

“That first came was kind of like the perfect storm,” White said. “We started off hot and made a few shots and they missed a few and the snowball started getting bigger and bigger. We knew this game would be closer. I would have been happy to walk out of there with a one-point win.”

Ali Bettencourt continued her improved play with 21 points, while Haley Anderson scored 13. Shelby Peters added nine points and Jenn Hoffman scored seven.

Dejza James led Pleasant Grove with 26 points.

“The girls played extremely hard and played together,” White said. “We had good ball pressure and had good balance on offense.”

Despite having two wins over the Eagles, White is expecting a hard-fought game when the teams meet again at Oak Ridge Jan. 29.

“I expect that game to be even tougher than this one,” White said.

Oak Ridge followed up the win Thursday with a 62-26 victory over Folsom. A 22-5 advantage after the first quarter put the Lady Trojans on the right path for a blowout victory. Hoffman led the way offensively with 12 points, while Bettencourt scored 11. Peterson scored nine points and Lauren Liebert finished with eight.

Oak Ridge used a huge first quarter to put Del Oro away early Saturday, outscoring the Golden Eagles 28-2 in the first eight minutes of the game.

“Obviously, we came out on fire and dominated them,” White said. “We had good pressure, great rotations and made good reads. Offensively, we moved and shared the ball and it was fun to watch.”

Three Oak Ridge players reached double digits in scoring, as Bettencourt led the way with 15. Anderson finished with 13 and Hoffman scored 11.