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JV, frosh basketball teams sweep foes

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team improved to 4-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference and 15-1 overall with two blowout victories last week. The Lady Trojans ripped Liberty Ranch on Wednesday, 74-33 and two days later trashed Union Mine, 63-20. Oak Ridge jumped out to a 17-4 lead after the first quarter against Liberty Ranch and it was academic from there, increasing the lead to 38-15 by halftime. The team made eight 3-pointers and also connected on 10-of-18 free throws. All five starters reached double figures with Haley Anderson leading the way with 15 points. Jenna Klein scored 14, while Kaitlyn Lendrum and Katie Hoisington both added 11. Lindsay Honaker finished with 10 points. “That’s not the norm but it would be nice if it was,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said. “We played four good quarters of offense.” Two days later in the win over Union Mine, Oak Ridge took care of business early once again with a 22-3 lead after the first quarter. By halftime, the lead was 37-6 and for all intents and purposes the outcome had been decided. Lendrum scored 13 points in the win, while Anderson added 10. Klein scored nine, while Nicole Rucker chipped in seven. Oak Ridge made 9-of-12 free throws and also connected on four 3-pointers. Lamy was pleased with play of everyone, but in particular, Amanda Jones. “Amanda is playing like she should be playing,” Lamy said. “She playing with aggression and just doing a great job.” Freshmen now 13-2 The freshman team improved to 3-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference and 13-2 overall with two easy wins last week. Pulling into the parking lot at Liberty Ranch on Wednesday, coach Greg Lamy witnessed people taking a sledgehammer to a car with Oak Ridge painted on it, as some group affiliated with the school was holding a fundraiser. All that did was add a little extra fuel on the fire and the Lady Trojans dominated from the start on their way to a 59-17 victory. Like they do against most of their opponents, Oak Ridge came out with high-pressure defense and jumped out to an early 19-5 lead. By halftime the score was 31-9. “We shut them down,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. “We held their leading scorer, who has scored 19 and 24 points in games earlier this season, to six points.” Nikki Dow led the Lady Trojans with 24 points, while Lauren Liebert scored 12. Natalie Dutton and Carisa Rivers both added eight points. Two days later in the team’s first league home game, Oak Ridge turned in another solid performance in a 50-21 win over Union Mine. “We wanted to focus on coming out and making a statement against a tall, athletic team that entered the game with an 11-2 record,” Lamy said. “They scored the first two points, but I think we scored the next 13 and led 17-5 after the first quarter. I don’t think they’ve seen the kind of defensive pressure that we can put on.” What Lamy was most pleased with was his team’s focus from the start of the game. He asks his team to establish a good flow early in the game and the team did that in both games last week. Dutton led the way with 14 points. Liebert contributed 11, while Lauren Ona and Madison Petty both scored five.