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Lady Trojans split in SoCal tournament

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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For the fourth time in five seasons, Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ basketball team split four games at the Brea Olinda Tournament. Playing against bigger, stronger, quicker and more athletic teams in most every game, the Oak Ridge girls, if nothing else, gained great experience at the tournament and that was the biggest positive to come out of the trip to southern California. Oak Ridge opened the tournament with a pair of losses; falling to Canyon, 56-38, in a game that they played quite poorly in, and losing to Windward, 62-43, in a game they actually played well in despite the 19-point deficit. Windward is ranked third in California and 18th nationally, according to MaxPreps, and the Lady Trojans only trailed by six at halftime and by 10 in the third quarter before Windward pulled away. Jenn Hoffman scored seven points in the loss to Canyon, while Jenna Klein added six and Ali Bettencourt chipped in five. Kaitlyn Lendrum and Michelle Barkley led the way with nine points against Windward. “We did not play well through three quarters against Canyon and it was still a four-point game into the fourth, but then we played even worse in the fourth,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “Windward had a 6’7” post, a 6’3” post and their sophomore point guard is the No. 1 recruit in her class so they’re obviously a good team. I was pleased with how we battled and stuck with them until late in the game.” The Lady Trojans got off to a horrible start in their third game of the tournament against Silverado, falling behind 21-9, before turning things around. By halftime Oak Ridge led 32-30 and the Lady Trojans pulled away to a 67-53 victory. Klein scored 16 points to lead the team, while Barkley added 12. White said Katie Hoisington sparked the team with her rebounding against the more physical opponent. Oak Ridge wrapped up the tournament with a 53-46 win over Rancho Verde. The team had balanced scoring, as Hoffman scored 10, while Lendrum, Klein and Lauren Sende all chipped in nine. “The tournament was a good experience for the girls against aggressive, athletic, tall and quicker teams than us,” White said. “We competed well with Windward and I felt that was a statement game for us. We had inconsistent starts in the first and third games and that was a problem, but this is a hard-working group that’s fun to coach and I’m looking forward to watching them grow as we head into our own tough tournament this week.” The Lady Trojans open the Shoot Out Tournament at 6:30 p.m. Thursday against El Dorado. Also playing in the tournament includes local teams such as Del Oro and Rocklin, as well as Nevada Union, Lincoln of Stockton, Clovis West and Carondelet.