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JV girls still undefeated; freshmen upend Nevada Union

By: Matt Long
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Basketball season is under way and that can only mean one thing: Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity and freshman girls’ basketball teams are winning games. The junior varsity girls improved to 6-0 with three more wins last week, as they won the Woodcreek Tournament with wins over Roseville, Bear River and Davis. Ali Bettencourt had a fabulous tournament, leading her team in scoring all three games on her way to being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Bettencourt scored a team-high 22 points in the championship game win over Davis, 78-24. Jenn Hoffman also made the all-tournament team, as did Jenna Ford. Hoffman made it for her offense, as she scored 35 points in the three games, while Ford led a solid Oak Ridge defensive performance that made her an all-tournament selection. Oak Ridge opened the tournament with a 54-12 win over Roseville. Bettencourt scored 19 points in the win, while Hoffman added 11 and Nikki Dow had eight. The team’s closest game of the tournament was the semi-finals when the team defeated Bear River by 11 points. Oak Ridge broke open a close game in the third quarter with a 22-6 scoring advantage, which put the team in control. Bettencourt scored 14 points, while Hoffman had 12; Carisa Rivers added 10 and Dow chipped in eight. Oak Ridge then cruised to the championship with a 54-point win over Davis. The freshman team rebounded from a 48-31 loss to Nevada Union at the Bear River Tournament two weeks ago with a solid 46-45 win over them in the finals of last week’s Whitney Tournament. Not only did the team avenge their only loss of the season but in doing so, the team won the Whitney tournament for the fifth consecutive year. In the previous loss, Oak Ridge scored only 31 points and committed 39 turnovers. This time Oak Ridge scored 15 more points and had 19 less turnovers. “It was a hard-fought, tough game but the girls gave a great effort and won the game,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. Kristen Swanson led the team with 11 points, while Krisztina Zagyi added nine and Nina Grimes scored eight. Grimes was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while Zagyi and Lauren Barca were all-tournament players. “Every game Nina was our most consistent performer,” Lamy said. “She’s a very fundamentally sound player. Krisztina played a great game against Nevada Union and if she wouldn’t have played the way she did we wouldn’t have been in position to win it. Lauren has become my floor leader and also plays good defense.” Oak Ridge opened the tournament with a 54-28 win over Woodcreek and a 32-18 victory over Del Oro. Swanson and Alyssa Ramona both scored 12 points against Woodcreek, while Celeste Vitolas scored 11 against Del Oro.