JV Lady Trojans closing in on league title

By: Matt Long
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With a second defeat of St. Francis, Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team is a sure bet to win the Delta River League title. The Lady Trojans, 6-0 in league and 19-1 overall, have games remaining against Pleasant Grove (today) Folsom and Ponderosa, three teams they've handled easily the first time they met. Oak Ridge defeated St. Francis on Feb. 1, 47-39. The Lady Trojans led 33-32 after three quarters, but held the Troubadours to only seven points in the final eight minutes of the game, three of those coming on a 3-pointer in the game’s final minute. “In the fourth quarter we calmed down and started using the clock and made St. Francis play defense,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said. “We were outscored in the third period, but didn’t let that bother us. The girls did a good job of keeping it together. They weren’t going to lose.” Ali Bettencourt scored 12 points to lead the team, while Michelle Barkley added 11 and Jenn Hoffman scored eight. On Friday Sheldon proved to be no problem for Oak Ridge, as the Lady Trojans won easily, 54-22. A 13-point lead after one quarter increased to 23 by halftime and the rout was on. Barkley scored 16 points and seven rebounds. Jenna Ford scored 10 points and had 11 rebounds, while Nikki Dow finished with eight points. Barkley continues to play well for the Lady Trojans “Before the Nevada Union game I told her that we need her to start dominating, that we can’t rely on our guards all the time,” Lamy said. “She’s come on since then.” The freshman team improved to 19-3 with two wins last week. Oak Ridge won its third league game with a 39-29 win over St. Francis and also picked up a 70-32 non-league win over Granite Bay. The youngest group of Lady Trojans continues to improve and did so throughout the tough game with the Troubadours. The team led 25-19 after three low-scoring quarters before playing their best in the fourth, outscoring St. Francis 14-8 to win by 10. “It was a low-scoring game,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. “We were getting OK shots, but we had trouble finishing and weren’t getting any second chances. We had a nice fourth quarter, though, and that sealed the win.” Krisztina Zagyi led the team with 13 points. Kristen Swanson finished with seven points, while Lauren Barca added six and Heather Dunham finished with five and added six rebounds. Nina Grimes led the team with eight rebounds on what was otherwise a poor rebounding game for the team. “If there’s one area we need to improve on it’s rebounding,” Lamy said. “It’s a pretty simple concept; the more rebounds you get the more chances you have to score and the less chances the other team has to score.” Oak Ridge jumped out to a 26-4 lead in the first quarter against Granite Bay and rolled from there on its way to a 38-point win. Grimes scored 19 points, while Alyssa Ramona added 12 and Celeste Vitolas scored 12. Ramona also added 11 rebounds to round out a strong all-around game.