St. Francis too much for Lady Trojans
By Tyler Schmidt
Mother Lode News correspondent
The Oak Ridge High girls basketball team came into Tuesday’s game on a four-game winning streak against Delta River League nemesis St. Francis and though the Lady Trojans played hard in the nail-biter of a game, it wasn’t enough as the Troubadours cam away with the 63-55 victory to sweep the season series.
Oak Ridge took the floor sporting pink uniforms in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The turnout for the freshman, JV and varsity games was high and the proceeds were donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Nearly everyone in attendance in the packed gymnasium joined the Trojan players in sporting pink attire.
A moment of silence for those who have lost their lives to breast cancer took place before the game set the mood and was followed by a halftime speech about breast cancer.
With the support of an enthusiastic home crowd, Oak Ridge worked its way to an early lead and kept the advantage throughout the first three quarters. Troy’s play was consistent on offense, defense and controlled the tempo of the game to stay ahead of St. Francis.
Early in the fourth quarter the Trojans lost their momentum as the Troubadours turned up the pressure and finally pulled even with Oak Ridge — taking their first lead on a free throw by Briana Charles. As St. Francis continued its scoring drive to pull further ahead of the Trojans, the Trojans fought hard to lower the deficit and catch their opponents. Oak Ridge was forced to foul in the final minutes of the game but Charles and fellow teammate Ellie Earley made their free throws, ultimately ending any chance of a comeback by Troy.
Earley led with a game-high 14 points while Charles added 12.
For Oak Ridge, Dakota McLarnan scored 11 points and was followed by Jenna Klein who added 10 points, and Katie Hoisington who bucketed nine.
The Trojans (4-2 in league) play next on Friday against Delta River Conference opponent Sheldon.