By Tyler Schmidt
Mother Lode News
While the Oak Ridge boys basketball team survived a tough challenge in Shingle Springs against Ponderosa Friday night, the Lady Trojans had their work cut out for them in El Dorado Hills as the Lady Bruins came in looking for a win in Delta River League action.
And the Bruins proved to be a formidable opponent despite playing without one of their big scorers, Ali Ryan, who had surgery Thursday to repair a torn ACL in her knee.
Ryan’s absence proved to be a big help for the Trojans. A game that started off slow ended with a high-scoring finish, won by Oak Ridge, 58-39.
The first half deteriorated into turnovers and missed shots as the teams transitioned from one end of the floor to the other without finding the hoop. At halftime Ponderosa held a 16-14 lead.
“Our energy was a lot better in the second half,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said about his team’s halftime adjustments. “We were able to put a lot more pressure on Olivia Nelson, and we really picked up the pace and were more patient on offense.”
These adjustments worked and both teams stepped up the pace to start the second half. The Trojans’s 7-0 scoring run midway through the third quarter put them in the lead and they extended it to nine before the Bruins answered to cut it back to seven. The teams headed into the fourth quarter with Oak Ridge on top 37-30. Nelson led a Ponderosa bid to get back in the game in the fourth but the Trojans’ pace proved too much to overcome.
“Our first half was incredible,” Ponderosa coach Noel O’Donnell said. We were able to regroup very well and I thought we really executed well. In the second half we couldn’t score and we needed to hit more shots to win that game.”
Nelson led the Bruins with 10 points, while Nikki Johnson led the team in rebounds while bucketing seven points. Bethany Farmer chipped in with five.
“Our game plan is the same as it is for every game we play. We play hard the whole game,” O’Donnell said.
Haley Anderson scored a game-high 15 points for the Trojans, Carly Bettencourt contributed eight and Jenna Klein had six points.
“Nicole Rucker had a great game off the bench for us. I was very impressed with the way she played,” White said.
Oak Ridge vs. Hanford: 69-79
Oak Ridge hosted Hanford High School Saturday night in a non-league matchup.
The game started off great for the Lady Trojans, but a fourth quarter upset that yielded a 21-point Hanford comeback brought Oak Ridge’s record to 12-8. Their Delta River League record remains 2-1 heading into this week’s games against Pleasant Grove and Sheldon.
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