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Oak Ridge girls hope hard work pays off this week

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ basketball team had a full week of practice to prepare for this week’s Toss-Up Tournament, which began Tuesday. It’s the hope of head coach Steve White that the team’s efforts last week pay off for them this week. “It was a tough week for practice because of the pressure the girls faced with finals and performing in the classroom,” White said. “We worked on refining and getting better on our weakness. We’ll find out this week whether we succeeded in our goal. “I know the girls know what we need to do, but now it’s a matter of taking that from the practice court and executing during a game.” The Trojans have been playing this season without three post players as Katie Hoisington, Stefanie Walberg and Jacki Bateman are out injured. Making matters worse, another post player, Haley Padua-Dean, and guard Lindsay Honaker also suffered injuries last week and were to be evaluated Monday to see if and to what extent they could play this week. With those injuries, Oak Ridge ended the week with only nine healthy players. “Our goals this week are to put four quarters together, be disciplined and recognize the tempo of the game and whether or not it’s in our favor,” White said. “I also want us to get after it more defensively. Giving up 66 points like we did last time out is OK if it’s in a win, but we don’t want to be giving up that many points on a regular basis.”