Lady Trojans break losing streak

By January 17, 2011

Carly Bettencourt scored a game-high 20 points and Dakota McLarnan added 15 Friday as Oak Ridge High stopped a five-game losing streak by upending visiting Folsom 74-30 Friday night.

The victory gave the Trojans their first win of 2011 and squared their Delta River League record at 1-1 as they prepare to take on Bella Vista, Ponderosa and Hanford this week.

Having lost five straight — the last three at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, a nonleague encounter at Del Oro and Tuesday’s league opener at St. Francis — Oak Ridge came in desperately needing a win.

“We played some good teams (in Arizona) and right now we’re struggling with our chemistry offensively. It’s been one of those years where injuries have forced us to use different lineups because we’ve missed players,” Trojan coach Steve White said.

“There’s always that feeling out period early in games but once tonight flowed it went the way it (outcome) was supposed to play out on paper. We’re 1-1 now and it feels good to get back in the win column — I think the girls felt good and are relieved.”

Friday, Oak Ridge started four guards (Bettencourt, McLarnan, Natalie Stone and Kaitlyn Lendrum) along with forward Haley Anderson and had two post players, senior Stefanie Walberg and junior Jacki Bateman, see minutes for the first time this season. Lauren Sende spelled Anderson who got into early foul trouble and the team still awaits the return of forward Katie Hoisington from injury.

The Trojans led 18-9 after Stone went straight down the middle to cap the first quarter scoring. Stone, who had a particularly strong floor game with seven assists, six rebounds and five steals, gave Oak Ridge the lead for good moments into the game when she drew the defense and dished to Anderson for a layup.

In the second, Bettencourt dropped in three, three-pointers to score 12 points and McLarnan and Jenna Klein (10 points) had five apiece as Troy took a 42-22 halftime lead.

The Trojans held the Bulldogs to just four third-quarter points — two less than McLarnan scored on two treys — and Oak Ridge went to the fourth ahead by 25.

“We’ve been practicing our shots and tonight we moved the ball around well and found the open shooters,” McLarnan said. “We’ve had a hard time clicking as a team but it feels great to get this win and I hope it continues.”

In the fourth quarter, Alexa Pickett and Lendrum each scored five points, Hayley Padua-Dean added three points and Anderson and Nicole Rucker each drained a free throw as Troy coasted to the win.

For Folsom, Brenna Crandell bucketed eight points and Julie Orr and Courtney Wolking each had five.

In junior varsity action, Oak Ridge rolled to a 52-6 one-sided win.

Jerry Heinzer


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