SANTA CLARA — Oak Ridge High girls basketball coach Steve White thought if his team wore down Wilcox with a full-court press in the Nor Cal Division I quarterfinal game, the Trojans would come out victorious.
The Trojans’ full-court press held Wilcox to a combined 13 points in the second half that helped post a 49-32 win Saturday night inside the Chargers’ gym.
The win is the second consecutive Nor Cal playoff game that the Trojans upset a higher seeded team; in its Nor Cal opener on March 6, Oak Ridge (28-4) knocked off No. 7 seed Amador Valley in Pleasanton. The Trojans, who lost to Kennedy in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D-I semifinals, are the No. 10 seed.
Wilcox led 19-16 at halftime before Oak Ridge took over the game in the second half.
“in the second half, we told the girls that we needed to tire them,” White said. “If we used our full-court press, they would get tired.”
The Trojans scored 19 points in the third quarter for a 35-26 lead at the end of the third quarter.
“The girls stepped it up in the second half,” White said.
The Trojans’ backcourt led in scoring against the Chargers. Guard Ali Bettencourt had 27 points, and Jenn Hoffman had 11. Chargers center Joeseta Fatuesi scored 24 points. Forward Haley Anderson and guard Grace Derksen had four points each, guard Nikki Dow had two and forward Shelby Peters had one. Wilcox center Joeseta Fatuesi had 24 points.
Moving to the semifinals, Oak Ridge now plays at Heritage on Tuesday. The winner will play the Gunn-Berkeley winner Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento for the Nor Cal D-I title, Heritage is the North Coast Section champion and No. 3 seed. In its quarterfinal game, Heritage (27-5) beat No. 6 Lowell of San Francisco, 67-45.
Oak Ridge and Heritage are familiar with each other. On Jan. 26, the Patriots beat the Trojans, 55-36, in the Campolindo Shootout.
“They have a good point guard, great three-point shooters and an excellent post player,” White said.
Game time for Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m.