Lady Trojans win Toss-Up with 61-49 win over Kennedy

Sende scores team high 16 points
By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Lauren Sende had never earned an all-tournament award before and now in her senior year, she really wanted it. On Friday night Sende went out and earned the Most Valuable Player Award at the Lady Trojans Toss-Up Tournament, scoring a team-high 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in leading Oak Ridge to a 61-49 win over Kennedy. Right from the start, Sende took control of the game, scoring 10 points in the first quarter and grabbing a majority of the rebounds, helping her team to a narrow 17-15 lead after eight minutes of play. “This is my first award from a tournament like this and I really wanted to earn it,” Sende said. “My goal was to get a double-double tonight and just really wanted to play to my potential and be tough on the boards.” Oak Ridge slowly and methodically took control of the game in the middle quarters, outscoring the Cougars 12-8 in the second and 12-6 in the third. Oak Ridge played a solid third quarter on both ends of the floor and for the first time in the game, handled Kennedy’s pressure without turning the ball over, increasing a six-point halftime lead to 12 points, 41-29 with one quarter to play. “We’re a different kind of team this year; we don’t have the point guard who can make a couple dribbles and get the ball up the court,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “We’ve had to learn to bring the ball up differently and we’re learning as we go. The girls are getting better at it.” Kennedy never challenged in the fourth quarter, as Oak Ridge held on for the 12-point win. Sende led the team with 16 points, while Jenna Klein added 13. Haley Anderson scored nine points, while Katie Hoisington finished with eight. White was impressed by Sende’s play. “Wow,” White said when asked about her performance. “She set some goals for herself before the game and she went out and achieved them. She played a solid all-around game and I told her now the bar has been raised. Those games are hard to have consistently, but she did a great job tonight.” Jenn Hoffman, who led the team with 16 points in the 61-54 overtime win over El Camino in the semifinals, also made the all-tournament team, as did Jenna Klein, who scored 13 points. Klein also led the team with 17 points in the 53-36 win over Del Campo in the tournament opener. Against El Camino, Oak Ridge fell behind early 15-2, but then embarked on a 19-0 run to get back in the game. The game was a battle the rest of the way all the way into overtime. “I liked our composure in overtime,” White said. “We got good play from Jenn Hoffman all game long and it was Lauren’s best game in terms of rebounding and post-presence. We also had good offensive games from Jenna and Kaitlyn.”