Oak Ridge to host Folsom on Friday

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Things will be hopping in the Oak Ridge gym on Friday night.

Four of the top basketball teams in the area, both bitter rivals, will be meeting to decide early-season supremacy in the Sierra Foothill League.

The Trojans will host Folsom on Friday in games that will be sure to pack the stands with fans. The varsity girls’ game will kick-off action at 6 p.m. in a rematch of one of last year’s Northern California Division I semifinal games. The Trojans won that game a year ago, 43-34, and advanced to the Nor-Cal finals. The win came six weeks after Folsom defeated the Trojans for the first time in well over a decade in their second league meeting of the season.

This year’s added intrigue, as if the game needed any, is that 6-6 post Shayley Harris, who’s headed to UCLA next year on a scholarship, transferred from Oak Ridge to Folsom and is now a member of a Folsom team that’s 2-0 in league and 14-2 overall and looks ready to make a run at the SFL title outright. When’s the last time Oak Ridge (2-0, 8-8) has been the underdog on their home floor? Enough said.

“Against Folsom I want us to go out and execute the game plan and do the things the coaches are asking them to do so we can see what’s working and make adjustments,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “We’re at the point in the season where we need to follow the pregame plan, pay attention to detail, and be able to make in-game adjustments.”

Oak Ridge senior Marie Olson said maintaining composure and getting off to a good start will be keys.

“We can’t let our emotions get the best of us,” Olson said. “We always get super psyched for this game and with Shay transferring there it just adds to it. We need to take care of business from the beginning.”

Following the girls’ game, the Oak Ridge varsity boys (1-1, 11-5) will host Folsom (2-0, 14-3) in what should be another spirited contest beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Trojans lost to Folsom by 19 points a year ago in their first meeting, but then lost by only five in their second game. The Trojans are a much better team than a year ago, and with this being only their second home game of the season and first on a Friday, they should have a big crowd their to cheer them on. Oak Ridge coach Rich Sondhi is hoping for the big crowd and gave the Bulldogs their props.

“With (Jordan) Brown transferring from Woodcreek, until you beat Folsom, the league is chasing them,” Sondhi said. “They are the team to beat. We’re going to have a great game plan, and we’re going to play hard. I hope we have a great crowd. I feel we match up well with them so I’m excited.”