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Sharp Lady Trojans keep winning

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge led Folsom by 37 points late in the third quarter Thursday night and the girls on the Oak Ridge bench, led by senior captain Haley Anderson and junior Jenn Hoffman, were shouting instructions to the players on the court.

“Two-for-one, two-for-one,” Anderson yelled, encouraging her teammates to look for a good, early shot so they’d get the ball back one last time before the quarter ended.

It’s that type of awareness and focus on the details that have helped the Lady Trojans to a 7-0 record in the Delta River League and a 20-3 mark overall, not to mention a boatload of talent. If the team is that focused with a 37-point lead, how easy is it for them to be focused in a close game against a talented team?

“We talk about it all the time,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “I tell the girls on the bench to be as engaged in the game as the players are on the floor. They have to do the things right when they’re in the game so they need to pay attention to what’s going on.”

Coming off wins over Pleasant Grove and Folsom, Oak Ridge faces a crucial week with road games at St. Francis (Tuesday) and Sheldon (Friday).

Oak Ridge beat both teams earlier in the season, but these games figure to be tougher. The Lady Trojans earned a 58-54 overtime win over the Troubadours (3-3 in league, 12-9 overall) Jan. 15 and defeated Sheldon  (4-2 in league, 10-12 overall) Jan. 18, 56-37.

“St. Francis took us to overtime and they played a really good game,” White said. “They are disciplined and hit a lot of key shots. Sheldon is a really athletic team. They will be team teams to beat on the road.”