Oak Ridge JV, freshman girls finish with wins over Ponderosa

By: Matt Long
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The reason Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ basketball program has been good for years is because the junior varsity and freshman teams continue to produce quality, talented players. This year is no different, as the junior varsity team finished with a 23-1 record, while the freshman team ended up 23-3. The junior varsity Lady Trojans completed its year with a 74-28 win over Ponderosa on Friday. Oak Ridge took care of business early, working up an 18-4 lead after one quarter. Jenn Hoffman scored 13 of those points and finished with a team-high 27, including five three-pointers. By halftime the rout was on as Oak Ridge led 37-14. Ponderosa only made six baskets with the rest of its points coming from the free throw line. Ali Bettencourt scored 19 points and hit four threes, while Jenna Ford contributed 10 points and eight rebounds. Bettencourt, Hoffman, Ford, Michelle Barkley, Nikki Dow and Lauren Liebert will now join the varsity team for the playoffs. The freshman team also finished the year with a win over the Bruins, 51-24. Oak Ridge worked up a 12-0 lead after the first quarter and by halftime was well on its way to victory with a 30-3 lead. The second half was played evenly 21-21, but Oak Ridge got little help from the officiating. Celeste Vitolas drained a three-pointer late in the game to cap off the Bruins and the season. “The kids played well throughout the second half and didn’t let the officiating affect them,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. “That’s one thing about this group; they never let officiating bother them all season. Kristen Swanson led the team with 12 points, while Krisztina Zagyi finished with 11. Heather Dunham scored eight and Nina Grimes finished with six. Earlier in the week Oak Ridge easily defeated Golden Sierra, 55-6. Vitolas scored 14 points and Grimes finished with 12. Zagyi ended with 11 points, while Lauren Barca scored nine.