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Jenn Hoffman Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills – Basketbal

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In a wild Sac-Joaquin Section Division I final on March 3, Oak Ridge lost a heartbreaker to Kennedy-Sacramento 62-58 in double overtime. Hoffman shined brightest in defeat for the Trojans. The sophomore guard scored a game-high 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including 6-for-9 from beyond the arc. Hoffman came up clutch in multiple situations for Oak Ridge, which included burying two of three free throws to force OT, and also hitting a baseline jumper that gave the Trojans a brief 54-52 lead with 12 seconds left in the first extra period. 

In a wild Sac-Joaquin Section Division I final on March 3, Oak Ridge lost a heartbreaker to Kennedy-Sacramento 62-58 in double overtime. Hoffman shined brightest in defeat for the Trojans. The sophomore guard scored a game-high 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including 6-for-9 from beyond the arc. Hoffman came up clutch in multiple situations for Oak Ridge, which included burying two of three free throws to force OT, and also hitting a baseline jumper that gave the Trojans a brief 54-52 lead with 12 seconds left in the first extra period. 

SportStars: Were you surprised by your shooting performance, especially considering that you were playing in the Section final at Power Balance Pavilion?

Jenn Hoffman: Yeah, I was surprised because my shot had been off lately. My coaches had been working with me and I got more confidence when I started making shots. My teammates did a great job of finding me and getting the ball to me for open shots.

SSM: What was going through your mind when you were on the free throw line at the end of regulation?

JH: I just knew that I had to stay confident even after I missed the first one. It was hard, but I was focusing on not being nervous and being confident that I would make the shots.

SSM: What was discussed in the huddle when Kennedy called a timeout before your last of the three free throw attempts?

JH: The coaches reminded me to stay calm and my teammates told me that they knew I could make the shot. We really just tried to be confident that I would make the shot and focused on getting to overtime.

SSM: How has the team responded, shifting focus to the NorCal Playoffs after such a tough loss?

JH: We’re concentrating on clearing our heads and keeping our heads up. It was a tough loss, but we’re excited about NorCals and working real hard to get back on track now that we have another opportunity.

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