Lady Trojans show depth in big win over Bruins
SHINGLE SPRINGS — Flexing its collective muscle, Oak Ridge turned in a complete team effort Wednesday to overwhelm host Ponderosa 68-28 in Delta River League girls basketball action.
Eleven Lady Trojans scored, led by Haley Anderson with 12 points. Katie Hoisington’s quick seven points to start the third quarter was the lethal blow as Oak Ridge broke from its 19-point halftime lead and never looked back.
“We came in knowing they’d (Bruins) played several teams tough and we were ready to go,” Hoisington said. “They played hard but it was a good game for us. Rebounding has been our biggest problem so we started all the bigs (herself, Lauren Sende, Anderson, Michelle Barkley) and we attacked the glass like never before.”
Prior to the game Ponderosa honored seniors Olivia Nelson, Jensen Lewis, Bethany Fay, Jackie Curto, Jennifer Curto, Danylle Kurywchak and Ali Ryan who made her first appearance since last year in a Bruins’ uniform.
While Ryan’s return was a lift — she sank a game-opening three-pointer — nothing could stop the Trojan wave of players and points that followed.
“Oak Ridge is a tough matchup for us — they’re fast, move the ball, outsize us and are quicker,” Ponderosa coach Noel O’Donnell said.
The Bruins kept it close in the first quarter thanks to threes by Jensen and Nelson, trailing 13-9, but unraveled in the second due to Troy’s pressure. Oak Ridge extended its lead as Jenn Hoffman picked up several steals at midcourt and went in for uncontested layups, Sende worked down low for six points and Anderson and Lauren Liebert added four points each as the Trojans mounted a 35-16 lead at the break.
“All the girls fired on all cylinders tonight,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “Our ball movement was good, we made the extra pass to find the open player and attacked the lanes that were open. Hopefully we can carry this over to the playoffs.
Hoisington’s burst to open the second half, five points from Jacki Bateman and three each from Anderson, Jenna Klein and Nikki Dow led the Trojans to a 23-4 quarter and 28-point lead going to the fourth.
After Anderson, Hoisington and Klein each scored nine points, Sende had eight, Bateman, seven, Hoffman, six, Liebert, five, Lindsay Honaker and Dow, four points each, Jenna Ford, two, and Barkley, one.
For Ponderosa, Jennifer Curto scored six points, Nelson bucketed five, Ashley Beck had four, Ryan Lewis and Brooke Sinner, three each, Stacey Godwin, two, and jackie Curto and Sophia George a point apiece.