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Oak Ridge sends Folsom to defeat, 50-30

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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It wasn’t an impressive win, but Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ basketball team was good enough Friday night to beat Folsom, 50-30. With two starters out of the lineup, the Lady Trojans (5-2, 18-6) struggled to take care of the ball at times and were far from fluid in their offense, but got off to a good start and were able to build enough of a lead where the outcome was never in doubt, despite their erratic play. “Give Folsom credit, they played hard,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “We got off to a good start, but then didn’t take care of the ball in the second quarter. We had some players out and had new rotations and struggled a bit with that. It’s something that we’re going to have to improve on.” For the Lady Bulldogs (0-7, 7-17), trailing 15-3 after one quarter wasn’t what they were hoping for. As they’ve done all year, though, the team kept working and kept the game close, outscoring Oak Ridge 14-13 in the second quarter and trailed at halftime by 11, 28-17. “I say it all the time, but these girls play hard and I’m proud of their effort,” Folsom coach Lynn Wolking said. “If teams sleep when they play us they will get beat. We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket tonight.” Oak Ridge quickly built up a double-digit lead in the first quarter, as they converted multiple Folsom turnovers into points. Leading 8-3, Oak Ridge scored the final seven points of the quarter, while Folsom committed six of their 24 turnovers of the game. Christy Bolton nailed a three-pointer early in the second quarter to jump start the Lady Bulldogs. Kate Whitney followed with a pair of baskets, Jenny Hackelman drained a three and Alex Washington’s bucket made the score 23-15 late in the half. The Lady Trojans came out strong in the third quarter to finish off Folsom, outscoring them 14-7 to take control of the game on their way to a 20-point win. “They had a nice spurt their in the third quarter,” Wolking said. “Our rebounding is hurting us, as we routinely give up 15 offensive rebounds a game and tonight it was 22. They also made 14-of-18 free throws and we only made 6-of-12.” Whitney led Folsom with eight points, while Hackelman scored six, Danielle DaCosta had five and Bolton finished with four. “When a team like Oak Ridge leaves the press on all game that means we’re competing with them and that’s good for a young team like us. We hung with them a little longer tonight than we did the first time we played them.” Jenna Klein led Oak Ridge with 12 points, while Michelle Barkley had eight.