The Oak Ridge High girls basketball team faced Sierra Valley Conference league opponent Sheldon Friday at home in what was for the most part a one-sided affair that led to a 70-59 Trojan victory.
Oak Ridge took the lead early with constant running and hustle down the floor on each possession, grabbed the lead and kept it. With various half-court traps drawn up by Trojan Coach Stephen White, the Oak Ridge pressure was too much for the Huskies to handle.
“We ran a couple different presses; the first one to throw the Huskies’ time off and the second to change up the tempo — both of them worked very well for us,” White said.
The Trojans continued their intense pressure constantly in the first half and held a 38-28 lead at halftime.
Oak Ridge came out in the second half and picked up where it left off with play solid defense. Troy kept up the pressure, using multiple different presses to continue to successfully confuse Sheldon’s offense. Oak Ridge’s Carly Benttencourt got hot offensively in the third and, after three quarters of play, the Trojans had a lead of 55-35.
During the fourth quarter, Oak Ridge stayed with its defensive pressure but slowed up a bit on offense. Trojan Natalie Stone, in charge of the offense, called more set plays and played out the game patiently. The Huskies fought back behind Brianna Burgos who scored eight points in a row, including two three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to close the gap.
In the end, the Trojans combination of a well-run offense and consistent defensive pressure were too much for Sheldon and Oak Ridge came out the victor. The win improved Troy’s record to 14-9 on the season and, with its fourth consecutive Sierra Valley Conference win, Oak Ridge is 4-1 in league.
Burgos led all scorers with 31 points. For the Trojans, Benttencourt scored 18 points, Dakota McLarnan followed with 13 and Haley Anderson added 10.