Lady Trojans wrap up league titles

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge High’s freshman girls’ basketball team has claimed the Sierra Valley Conference championship and depending on tonight's results, the junior varsity team likely has as well. All the junior varsity team needs to do is beat Cordova today to win their sixth straight league title, a team they defeated by 56 points on Jan. 22. Oak Ridge enters the game with a 12-0 record in league play and a 24-1 mark overall. Oak Ridge entered the Cordova game coming off wins over Union Mine and Christian Brothers last week. The Lady Trojans defeated Union Mine 60-32 on Feb. 9. An 18-4 lead after the first quarter got the team off well and by halftime they led 37-10 and the winner had been decided. Katie Hoisington hit four 3-pointers and led the way with 16 points. Lauren Sende and Haley Anderson both scored seven points, while Lindsay Honaker and Amanda Jones both finished with six. Two days later the girls ripped Christian Brothers 64-21. A 25-point first quarter put the Falcons in an 18-point hole that they wouldn’t get out of. Oak Ridge outscored them 15-7 in the second quarter to take a 40-14 lead into halftime. The Lady Trojans only allowed seven points in the second half. Hoisington scored eight of her 13 points in the first quarter, while Jenna Klein contributed five in the first quarter, while Nicole Rucker scored four. “Nicole’s defense was the cause of a lot of our points,” coach Annie Lamy said. “She was flying everywhere on defense and got some rebounds and tips.” Klein finished the game with 11 points and Sende and Jones did a good job on the boards, while scoring seven and six points, respectively. Kaitlin Lendrum and Rucker both finished with six points. The freshman girls are unbeaten in league play with a 10-0 record and are 22-2 overall. The team followed up their weakest performance of the year on Feb. 9 in a 37-32 win over Union Mine with a solid 61-21 win over Christian Brothers on Thursday. The win secured the league title for the team for the sixth straight season. The team worked up a solid 31-15 lead at halftime and then shut the door defensively, as the Falcons only scored six points in the second half. Lauren Liebert scored a season-high 20 points to lead the way. Lauren Ona, stepping up with Nikki Dow out of the lineup, scored 10 points, while Jenna Ford scored eight and Natalie Dutton and Madison Petty finished with seven points. “The girls did a great job adjusting and fixing the problems we had against Union Mine,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. Oak Ridge defeated Union Mine 37-32, but Lamy called the team’s effort uninspired. “It was a classic example of what happens when a team doesn’t come ready to play,” Lamy said. “The lesson learned from this game is that they can’t play like that against good teams and expect to win.” Liebert finished the game with 10 points, while Dow scored nine and had seven rebounds and Dutton added seven points. Ford led the team with 12 rebounds. “The girls have to finish the season with two wins or it will be a disappointment,” Lamy said.