Oak Ridge drops first game of 2013, 55-36By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Oak Ridge suffered its first loss of 2013 Saturday when Heritage handed them a 55-36 defeat in a non-league game.
The Lady Trojans (5-0 in league, 18-3 overall) eliminated the Patriots in the quarterfinals of the Northern California playoffs last season, 44-29, and perhaps Heritage (15-5 overall) wanted this game a bit more, but in any case, it wasn’t a strong performance by Oak Ridge.
“We didn’t play very well and they did,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “It was 26-22 at the half and we played even worse in the second half. I didn’t have the team ready to play.”
Ali Bettencourt led the team with nine points.
After the game, White’s message to the team was to not let a game like that happen again this season.
Even though they lost, Oak Ridge facing a high-caliber team like Heritage should have helped them prepare for Pleasant Grove, who they host Tuesday. It is the third time Oak Ridge will play the Eagles this season, having beaten them twice already. Pleasant Grove joins Sheldon and St. Francis in second place in the Delta River League, two games behind the Lady Trojans.
“It’s a scary team to play,” White said. “It’s tough to beat a good team three times and we’re going to have to play better than we did the first two times to beat them.”
Oak Ridge finishes the week Thursday with a home game against Folsom (0-5).
Prior to the non-league loss to Heritage, the Lady Trojans defeated Ponderosa Thursday, 73-30. Oak Ridge held the Bruins to less than 10 points in every quarter on its way to the 43-point win. The Lady Trojans led 23-5 after the first quarter and 42-14 at halftime.
Bettencourt finished the game with a team-high 19 points, while Haley Anderson scored 11.
“We had good energy and were disciplined at both ends of the court, especially on defense,” White said.