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Oak Ridge girls complete near perfect season

By: Staff Report
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A combined 25-0 record in the Sierra Valley Conference and a 50-3 mark overall is how Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity and freshman girls’ basketball teams finished the season. Both teams won league titles and the girls are as ready as they can be for the next level. In fact, six junior varsity girls are moving up to the varsity team for the playoffs including Lindsay Honaker, Jenna Klein, Kaitlyn Lendrum, Katie Hoisington, Lauren Sende and Haley Anderson. The junior varsity girls finished their season with a 79-14 win over Cordova on Feb. 16 and then snuck by Vista del Lago, 56-45 on Thursday. The Lady Trojans had great scoring balance against Cordova, as six players scored at least eight points. Hoisington scored 12 and Sara Bocinski and Nicole Rucker both added 10. Anderson finished with nine points, while Klein and Lendrum both finished with eight. Oak Ridge didn’t play that well against Vista del Lago, but well enough to come away with the win. Klein had a huge game with 22 points. Anderson scored 11 and Hoisington finished with eight. Both Lendrum and Rucker scored seven points. “The team came together better than I imaged during the summer,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said. “When the team played as we instead of me, they were unbeatable.” Oak Ridge’s only loss came in the championship game of the Trojan Toss-Up when they lost to St. Francis, despite holding them to only five points in the second half. The freshman team also finished their season with two wins, blowing out McClatchy 71-29 on Feb. 16 and then defeating Vista 46-29 on Thursday. Four players reached double figures in the win over McClatchy, the only time this season that the team accomplished that feat. Lauren Liebert led the way with 20 points, while Nikki Dow scored 13. Natalie Dutton and Jenna Ford finished with 11 points apiece. Against Vista, Dow ended the season with 14 points, while Dutton scored 10 and Ford finished with eight. “During the summer I didn’t think this group would finish 24-2,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. “They had some talent but just weren’t working well together, but it all starting clicking at the end of the summer. “I was very impressed with how far they came since the summer. It was a great challenge and they succeeded.”