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Oak Ridge too much for Vista, wins 68-39

By: Matt Long
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Despite dealing with chronic foul trouble most of the game, Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ basketball team played well enough to defeat Vista del Lago handily on Tuesday, 68-39. The win in the first round of the Trojan Toss Up advances Oak Ridge to Wednesday’s second round game against El Camino at 7 p.m. Even though his team won by 29 points, Oak Ridge coach Steve White was not pleased by his team’s performance. “In some ways it feels like a loss,” White said. “We did not move our feet well on defense and when you don’t do that this (foul trouble) is what happens. We weren’t able to adjust to how the game was being called by the officials. As we progress through the season, having good basketball IQ is part of the equation and we have to learn that.” Nevertheless, the Lady Trojans had no trouble with the Eagles, jumping out to a 10-0 lead two minutes into the game and never looking back. Dakota McLarnan led the team with 18 points, 12 coming off three-pointers and 10 of the 18 points coming in the first quarter. Jenna Klein added 11, while Haley Anderson scored nine, as did Kaitlyn Lendrum, with seven coming from the free throw line. Carly Bettencourt added seven points, while Hayley Padua-Dean and Lauren Sende both scored six. Amara Wainwright led the Eagles with 16 points, while Brittany Stegall, Christina Guidry and Becca Stephens all scored six on a poor shooting night for the team. In the first half alone, the Eagles made only six-of-22 free throws. Vista faces Rocklin tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. in the second round of the tournament.