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Win Friday could mean pair of home playoff games

By: Matt Long
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As if the Oak Ridge-Ponderosa rivalry isn’t big enough to stand on its own. Friday’s regular season finale at Ponderosa has a dual meaning for the Lady Trojans. The way Oak Ridge coach Steve White sees it; if his team can win they will secure a top-four seed in the Division I playoffs and thereby earn the possibility of having a pair of home playoff games. A loss and the team would have only one or maybe none. “We’ve got to buckle down and focus this week in practice,” White said. “Not only is it a rivalry game, but it’s up there and it’s their senior night. Like any other game against a rival, you throw the records out the window and just go at it.” The Lady Trojans, 7-2 in league and 17-9 overall, defeated Ponderosa, 4-5 in league, 18-8 overall, in their initial meeting on Jan. 21, 58-39. Oak Ridge had a good week last week, winning both their games over Pleasant Grove and Folsom. The 53-44 win over Pleasant Grove on Feb. 8 was big for more than one reason: not only was it the third time they had beaten the Eagles, but also they did it in the face of adversity. Oak Ridge has blown several leads this season and almost blew another against the Eagles, but the team stepped up and came through with a key victory in terms of the team’s confidence level. “It was nice to beat a good team like that,” White said. “We were up in the second half and they made a run and think they tied the game up, but we hit a couple shots and pulled away. We recovered from some mistakes and didn’t let it snowball on us. It was nice to do that against a good team.” Carly Bettencourt scored 17 points to lead the team, while Dakota McLarnan finished with 14. On Friday the Lady Trojans easily defeated Folsom, 70-36. McLarnan finished with 13 points, while Haley Anderson added 10. Bettencourt, Natalie Stone and Jenna Klein each scored nine points.