STOCKTON — Oak Ridge High received 15 points from Jenna Klein and nine from Michelle Barkley to upend host Lincoln-of-Stockton 48-41 in Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinal girls playoff action.
The victory advanced the Lady Trojans to next Tuesday’s semifinal against Armijo at the Spanos Center on the campus of the University of Pacific in Stockton. Oak Ridge avenged an earlier 39-37 setback to Lincoln to open the Shoot Out.
The difference this time was that Troy pulled out their trademark trapping pressure. Oak Ridge opened it up late in the fourth quarter and closed it out from the free throw line.
“Our press worked to our advantage and disadvantage. To be honest it wasn’t a well-played game … turnovers and the fact we came out nervous in the first half,” Trojan coach Steve White said. “We knew it’d be a war to the end.”
Oak Ridge led 9-7 after the first quarter. In the second Nikki Dow gave Troy a spark with several steals as the Trojans led 21-16 at halftime.
Lincoln came out in the second half with several three-pointers to take the lead and it was back-and-forth for a while. Each time Oak Ridge extended its lead Lincoln came right back. In one instance Troy went up eight before the hosts countered with five unanswered points.
“We controlled the score but each time we had a cushion they came back. It was a game of runs,” White said.
Oak Ridge received solid play from Jacki Bateman who rebounded well, had a great assist in the third and converted one of two potential 3-point plays in the fourth.
Klein, the game’s leading scorer, was consistent and the Trojans had solid games from Lauren Sende and Haley Anderson. Barkley played through an illness to give White great minutes, especially in the fourth with an offensive rebound and putback.
Anderson added seven points to Oak Ridge’s total, Bateman and Sende each had five, Jenn Hoffman, four, and Dow scored three points.