Oak Ridge girls handle Lady Bulldogs, 70-36

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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At least there were roses on Senior Night in Folsom as the Lady Bulldogs skidded to a 70-36 loss to Oak Ridge. In their second meeting of their first season in the Delta River League, the Lady Trojans (7-2) marched to a blowout victory over Folsom, whose seniors received roses as the team celebrated Senior Night. The fast-paced game favored Oak Ridge early in a 24-8 first quarter scoring clinic and by halftime they led 41-17. If the game had been like the third quarter – Folsom had 11 in their only double-digit quarter and held Oak Ridge to 16 – the inside-out game might have not have left so many Trojans open for three-pointers. The Lady Trojans made a total 10 threes as they had Folsom spinning to catch passes from Haley Anderson. She finished with 10 points and a number of assists to her guards hanging around the perimeter. Six three-pointers made up half their points in the first quarter on 6-of-8 shooting. “We shot the ball really well tonight and that always makes our defense better instantly,” said Trojan Head Coach Steve White. “I thought Folsom did a nice job when they executed their press offense and broke our press.” When Folsom was able to get the ball up past half court they benefited from some penetration and offensive boards. Nicole Clark came off the bench and contributed just one point, but opened up space and distributed with a much-needed intensity on the court. In their last meeting the Trojans managed a 74-30 win over the Lady Bulldogs and in similar fashion relied on a solid pace and some shared ball handling. Scoring was spread around for Oak Ridge, but game-high honors went to Dakota McLarnan with 13. Along with McLarnan, Jenna Klein and Natalie Stone drained some perimeter points for nine each. Guards Carly Bettencourt and Kaitlyn Lendrum created their own shots with by slicing through the lane. Bettencourt had nine and Lendrum eight points. Senior captain Courtney Wolking led scoring for Folsom with eight points. Julie Orr and Danielle Hanzalik chipped in six each. Through the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, Folsom kept a 30-point deficit from jumping any further as Oak Ridge scored only three points. Against Oak Ridge’s reserves the Bulldogs kept their turnovers down and gave up less steals for fast break points. Folsom coach Lynn Wolking hung out in the locker room after the game talking individually to players. His team reached double-digit turnovers just trying to get the ball up half court. It was a tough game for the Lady Bulldogs, but not unfamiliar as they ready to close their season on the opposite end of the Delta River from the Trojans. Folsom plays at winless Sheldon (0-9) to close out their season on Friday. Oak Ridge heads to back-to-back Senior Nights, finishing league play at Ponderosa in what White calls a tough rivalry game against the Bruins.