Drossos’ trey keys Trojans
Yumi Drossos was one of two Oak Ridge High girls basketball players who scored in double figures in Tuesday’s 52-47 Delta River League home win over Pleasant Grove.
Pleasant Grove led 36-35 with 16 seconds left in the third quarter when Drossos (13 points) eyed the basket and fired a three-pointer to give Oak Ridge a 38-36 lead.
“It was just an adrenaline rush,” said Drossos of her go-ahead shot. “We set up the screen, and I was wide open. I saw the rim and then it swished.”
Oak Ridge (6-0, 18-4) and Pleasant Grove (3-3, 15-8) traded leads throughout the quarter until Drossos’ shot.
“Yumi was on fire,” Oak Ridge head coach Steve White said. “We ran a set to her, and she buried the three. Her confidence is getting better, and you can see that.”
Pleasant Grove tied the game in the third quarter, 31-all, and led twice at 35-34 and 36-35 before Drossos’ trey gave Oak Ridge the lead for good.
Baskets from Drossos, Shelby Peters and Saraya Smith to start the fourth gave Troy a 44-38 lead but the Eagles crawled back to within two.
“There were ups and downs in the game,” Drossos said. “I think we could’ve come out stronger. We did go on a run (in the fourth quarter) for a while.”
Oak Ridge continued its scoring ways when guard Jenn Hoffman (game-high 15 points) hit a basket to bump the score to 48-44.
Though the Trojans maintained their advantage the rest of the way, Pleasant Grove stayed within striking distance until 10 seconds left when Trojan guard Conde Isamar tipped a pass and gained possession to cement the victory.
“She (Isamar) gives us a lot of flexibility,” White said. “She can guard a post, she can guard a wing, she rebounds, she gets to the basket; she does a lot of things.”
Oak Ridge led 12-7 after the first quarter and the the entire second though Pleasant Grove cut its deficit to 18-17 after Patricia Castrence (11 points) hit two free throws. Castrence and Kim Schmelz scored 11 points each to lead the visitors.
“We played two different types of games,” White said. “We played a good, disciplinary game, and we played a very undisciplined game. We really executed well in the last couple of minutes (of the game), we kept our composure, we controlled the tempo, and control of the game.”
Behind Hoffman and Drossos’ scoring was center Michelle Barkley with eight points, Grace Derksen and Ali Bettencourt four points each, Peters and Smith three each and Isamar two.
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