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Oak Ridge junior varsity girls complete undefeated season

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team finished a perfect season Feb. 12, defeating Ponderosa, 47-29.

The win wrapped up a season featuring 24 victories in as many games, including a perfect 10-0 record and a Delta River League championship.

“With four sophomores on the varsity team, I wasn’t sure how we would do, but obviously, it didn’t hurt us,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said. “We pulled some freshmen up and all the kids developed. This was a hard-working group and offensively, we were tough to defend, as we had four solid scorers in almost every game. Somebody stepped up every game.”

While the team finished without a loss, that doesn’t mean they played perfect basketball.

“When we struggled it was because the kids had the attitude of I’ve got to do it instead of we’ve got to do it,” Lamy said. “We also stepped up our defense when it counted, but you can’t take breaks like that at the varsity level. We also didn’t reach our rebounding goal.”

In the win over the Bruins, Oak Ridge pulled away late in the third quarter and early in the fourth with a big run. The team’s best quarter, however, came in the first when they led 13-2 after eight minutes of play.

Saraya Smith led the team with 21 points, while Isamar Conde scored 12. Jessica Maglietta added nine.

The freshman team also wrapped up its season with a 40-24 win over Ponderosa. The freshman squad finished as co-champions of the Delta River League with a 3-1 record, while ending the season with a 20-2 record, one of those losses coming against Ponderosa’s junior varsity team.

A strong second half lifted the team to the 16-point win over the Bruins. Trailing 16-14 at halftime, Oak Ridge outscored Ponderosa 12-8 in the third quarter and then 16-0 in the fourth.

“We didn’t do much in the first half and it was an ugly, slow game,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. “After our discussion at halftime, the girls responded pretty well and played well in the second half.”

Briana Dulgar led the way with 15 points. Laura Soper scored 10 and Shelley Hoffman finished with nine.

Lamy said that all nine players on the team contributed to the successful season.

“With three key components of this class on the junior varsity team, I think this group over-achieved,” Lamy said. “We didn’t have the depth this year that we’ve had in past. One key was, with few exceptions, the girls did a good job of staying out of foul trouble.”