After Tuesday’s tough loss against Pleasant Grove to open the Delta River League season, the host Oak Ridge Lady Trojans controlled neighboring Folsom throughout Thursday’s matchup — throttling the Bulldogs 67-39.
Oak Ridge blew the game open in the third quarter. Behind suffocating defense and great communication on offense, the Trojans scored the first 17 points of the half and entered the final quarter holding a commanding 53-28 lead.
“We really came together in the second half, and every shot seemed to be dropping. Our defense played great, and we had a whole team effort,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said.
The Trojans controlled from the start as Jenna Klein, Lauren Sende and Haley Anderson helped get the hosts out to a 12-2 lead with 3:40 remaining in the opening quarter. After each team traded layups, Klein put through a deep three-pointer with 45 ticks left. Folsom didn’t fold as Alex Washington, who led the Bulldogs with 11 points, drained a three of her own to cut Troy’s lead to eight entering the second period.
“We knew the importance of getting out to a good start, and that allowed us to be flexible with our play in the second half,” said Klein, who led all players with 18 points. “It’s awesome to see that we have a team that is full of playmakers.”
Oak Ridge maintained its healthy lead as Michelle Barkley scored a quick five points, including a layup while being fouled. Barkley’s free throw gave the Trojans a 24-9 advantage but Folsom went on an 11-4 run in the next four minutes as the Bulldogs whittled the lead to 28-20 with 1:43 left.
Klein helped keep the buffer safe by nailing a three-pointer following Sende’s block at the other end. After Washington made a layup, Sende drove through three Bulldog defenders to put in her own basket, giving Oak Ridge a 33-22 lead at halftime.
Ahead by 25 after three quarters, Oak Ridge played its reserves in the fourth with the outcome locked up. Lauren Liebert, Katie Hoisington and Sende combined for 11 of the Lady Trojans’ 14 fourth-quarter points to help offset a pair of Folsom threes and a layup in the final minute that made the score respectable.
Oak Ridge (12-4, 1-1 in league) plays tomorrow against Del Oro in the Common Good Classic, hosted by Antelope High School.