JV girls win Folsom tourney, freshmen take second

Jan 7, 2011

Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team improved to 12-0, while the freshman team sits at 10-2 with league play beginning next week.

The junior varsity girls won the Lady Bulldog Classic last week, beating Burbank, 70-19, El Camino, 62-43 and Nevada Union, 65-56, while the freshman team defeated Davis, 64-17 and Antelope, 58-18, but lost to Nevada Union, 52-49.

For the junior varsity, the team’s talent and depth showed brightly at the Folsom Sports Complex. In three games the team had three different leading scorers. Nikki Dow scored 18 in the win over Burbank, while Jenn Hoffman finished with 23 against El Camino. Ali Bettencourt scored 21 in the win over Nevada Union.

Against the Miners, Oak Ridge trailed 49-48 after three quarters before outscoring Nevada Union 17-7 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

“That game was a shootout with about 30 different lead changes,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said. “In the fourth quarter we decided to start rebounding with Maddie Petty leading the way. We also hit a couple of threes and were more patient on offense.”

Hoffman was the tournament’s most valuable player, while Bettencourt also made the all-tournament team.

The freshman team was devastated by the loss to Nevada Union, a team they had beaten a few weeks earlier. Oak Ridge played a near perfect game through three quarters, leading 43-32, but foul trouble and poor free throw shooting did them in.

Oak Ridge only had eight players suited up and three, Kristen Swanson, Alyssa Ramona and Celeste Vitolas fouled out in the fourth quarter leaving coach Greg Lamy with five players: Krisztina Zagyi, Cailin Navickas, Nina Grimes, Heather Dunham and Lauren Barca.

Long story short, the Lady Trojans lost the lead and the game by three, despite playing harder than they ever had previously this season.

“I haven’t seen this team work as hard or as well this season,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. “They were focused on this game and have improved so much. We had 50 rebounds in the game, 14 by Krisztina Zagyi.

“I was distraught with the outcome, not the end result but how it happened. We can’t play any better 11 games into the season than that, but we’ve got to learn from it and remember how it felt to lose.”

Oak Ridge made only 7-of-22 free throws, which Lamy said wasn’t the reason for the loss, but definitely an area the team needs to improve upon.

Zagyi and Grimes made the all-tournament team for the Lady Trojans.



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