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Oak Ridge rolls over Folsom, 63-15

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom scored the first six points of the game against Oak Ridge Thursday night, but only managed nine the rest of the game, as Oak Ridge cruised to a 63-15 win.

The Lady Bulldogs looked good the first two minutes of the game. Overcoming a couple turnovers, Folsom found offense in the form of a jumper by Grace Kim and two buckets from Tori Harris, who also assisted Kim’s hoop. Harris converted a jump shot and then 15 seconds later made a steal and drove the length of the court for layup and a 6-0 lead.

It took Oak Ridge only 63 seconds to take the lead. After a pair of free throws by Haley Anderson, Ali Bettencourt knocked down a three and scored again on a baseline jumper that put Oak Ridge up 7-6 with 4:42 to play in the quarter.

Folsom managed one more basket on a drive by Tessa Caruso, but Oak Ridge scored nine more points in the quarter to take a 16-8 lead into the second.

The second quarter, and the rest of the game, was all Oak Ridge, as the Trojans outscored Folsom 14-2 and led 30-10 at halftime.  The third quarter was more of the same, as Oak Ridge held an 18-2 scoring advantage. It was a case of too much talent from a battle-tested team against a much younger, inexperienced and less-skilled team.

Oak Ridge had incredible scoring balance, as every player scored, led by nine points from Yumi Drossos. Lauren Liebert and Bettencourt both scored eight points, while Anderson and Jenna Ford finished with six.

Harris finished with seven points for Folsom.

“We played pretty good defense tonight and had good energy,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “The girls get up for this Pink Zone game and it’s a fun event.”

Oak Ridge encouraged all fans to wear pink, as the game also served as a breast cancer awareness fundraiser.