Troy stays on track in Ladycat Classic


BREA - Troy girls basketball coach Roger Anderson believes his run-and-jump style is the perfect fit for the Warriors this season, and Tuesday it sure looked like he is right.

The second-ranked Warriors defeat Gahr of Cerritos, 64-33, without much difficulty in a pool game of the Ladycat Classic at Brea Olinda High.

The Warriors (2-0) jumped out to a 13-0 lead, sparked by senior guard Briana Roberson, who scored seven consecutive points in the run.

With their pressure defense, the Warriors made it tough for the Gladiators to get any solid looks offensively.

"We are designed to get out and run and be a run-and-jump team," Anderson said. "I can go to my bench and use 12 girls like I did tonight and play this style."

Leading 19-4 after one quarter, the Warriors poured it on in the second quarter. They used a 16-3 run, in which senior guard Gabriella Hanson had 12 points, to extend their lead to 43-12 at halftime.

In the second half, the Warriors used their bench, which consists of three freshmen and four sophomores. The underclassmen were able to hold the lead, which left Anderson feeling confident in being able to use his bench when the starters are tired.

"We aren't looking past anyone in this tournament," he said. "Canyon Springs and Long Beach Millikan are both athletic teams that can push the tempo and can really play."

Roberson finished with 11 points and six assists, and Hanson had 19 points.

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