Lady Trojans top Folsom, 67-39

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge had no trouble beating Folsom Thursday night, 67-39, but it was Trojan coach Steve White who was more critical of his team’s play, while Folsom coach Lynn Wolking tried to search out the positives. Oak Ridge’s goals this season are much higher than Folsom’s, which explains the coaches’ thinking. The Lady Trojans (1-1, 12-5) aspire to compete for a league title and challenge for a section championship, while the Lady Bulldogs (0-2, 7-12) are in the second year of a rebuilding stage under Wolking. While Oak Ridge jumped out to a 12-2 lead, they only led by 11 points at halftime, which was why White wasn’t pleased with his team’s play in the game’s first 16 minutes. Conversely, the Lady Trojans played much better in the second half, particularly in the third quarter when they outscored Folsom 20-6. It’s that kind of performance White expected from his team the entire game. “We’re just looking for that consistency for four quarters,” White said. “We played the way we should have in the third quarter and it’s frustrating that we don’t do that for the entire game.” For Wolking, his young squad had trouble with Oak Ridge’s full-court press, particularly in the first and third quarters, with a big chunk of the team’s 30 turnovers coming against it. When they were able to get the ball up the court in the last six minutes of the second quarter, the team played fairly well and scored 13 points in the quarter. “We’ve just got to relax and play with more composure,” Wolking said. “One thing I’m very proud about with this team is they don’t give up. Also, Alex Washington played a heck of a game. She is going to be a force to be reckoned with. I also thought Taylor Scheid played well.” Jenna Klein, who led Oak Ridge with 16 points, scored 11 of those in the first quarter and was a catalyst for the team, as she created several turnovers and was often the beneficiary on the offense end with the transition basket. Trailing 12-2, Folsom stayed in the game by taking care of the basketball and hitting some shots. Washington scored five points in the quarter, including a late three which cut the lead to eight. Kohl Bryant and Maddie Totushek both knocked down a pair of shots in the second quarter as Folsom hung with the Lady Trojans, down 33-22 at the break. Oak Ridge opened the third quarter on a 17-0 run, as Folsom made eight turnovers before scoring their first points, a transition layup by Washington, with 2:11 to play in the quarter. Lauren Sende scored six, Kaitlyn Lendrum had five and Haley Anderson scored four during the run for the Lady Trojans. Danielle DaCosta finished the quarter with two buckets for Folsom. Both teams featured balanced scoring. Following Klein’s 16 points, Sende scored 13, 10 coming in the second half, while Anderson finished with eight and Lendrum scored seven. All but one Oak Ridge player scored. “We just have to play more as a team,” Lendrum said. “In the second half when we made the extra pass we played a lot better. We just need to keep improving with each game.” Washington scored 11 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Maddie Totushek and Christy Bolton, with two three-pointers in the fourth quarter, finished with six points, while DaCosta, Bryant, Scheid and Jenny Hackelman scored four each.