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Troy overcomes troubles to reach Ladycat final
BREA - With two key starters in foul trouble and on the bench for long intervals, Troy coach Roger Anderson was forced to go deep into his bench against Millikan of Long Beach in a semifinal of the Ladycat Classic on Friday at Brea Olinda High.
The contest might have been closer than it should have been as a result, but the Warriors still came away with a 48-37 victory.
No. 2 Troy (3-0) will take on Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley in the championship at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at Brea Olinda.
Stanford-bound Briana Roberson spent nearly the entire second quarter on the bench after picking up her third foul and then the last 3:35 of the third quarter after picking up a fourth.
Gabriella Hanson, who has committed to Oregon State, led all scorers with 16, despite spending the last 1:32 of the third and first 2:30 of the fourth on the bench with three fouls.
"I used all 12 players in the first half and I ended up having to do that again in the third quarter just to keep us afloat," Anderson said. "It was a challenge for us to learn how to play through it, which is good."
Troy led by 18 in the third, but the Rams (2-1) closed the quarter on a 12-2 run to get within eight.
The Rams were within six early in the fourth when freshman Barbara Sitanggan grabbed a rebound and drove the length of the court for a layup to widen the lead for Troy.
The basket by Sitanggan, who finished with 10 points, kicked off a mini 6-2 run for the Warriors, who were out of danger the rest of the way.
Roberson scored only six points, but made some sharp passes, including one to Alecia Dimas, who converted an easy layup to give the Warriors a 10-point lead late in the game.
"It was a good win for us with everything we had to overcome," Anderson said.