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Oak Ridge JV, freshman girls still unbeaten in league play

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity and freshman girls’ basketball teams remained undefeated in the Sierra Valley Conference with four wins last week. The junior varsity girls, who are 8-0 in league and 20-1 overall, defeated Vista del Lago, 42-33 and Ponderosa, 61-42 in league play and then handled Hanford in a non-league game on Saturday, 54-13. Vista gave Oak Ridge a game most of the way, leading 26-25 after three quarters, but Oak Ridge outscored the Eagles 17-7 in the fourth quarter to win by nine. “All of a sudden our girls figured out that there was only one quarter left and that they better start doing something,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said. “It was a good defensive effort in the fourth quarter.” Free throw shooting was a key to the game, as Oak Ridge made 16-of-21, while Vista only made 9-of-32. Haley Anderson led Oak Ridge with 12 points. Katie Hoisington finished with 10, including a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, while Jenna Klein finished with nine. On Friday Oak Ridge played hard and with lots of intensity, which led to a 61-42 win over Ponderosa. The Lady Trojans only led by 44-33 after three quarters, but again played their best in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bruins 17-9 to win going away. Anderson scored 15 points, while Klein (13) and Hoisington (11) also reached double figures. Lamy said post players Lauren Sende and Amanda Jones also did some good things. The Lady Trojans made quick work of Hanford, working up a 24-7 lead by halftime. Kaitlyn Lendrum was the only player to reach double figures, scoring 10. Klein and Sende both score nine, while Anderson added eight. The freshman girls, 7-0 in league and 18-2 overall, had no trouble with Vista del Lago or Hanford, but struggled against Ponderosa on Friday, winning 35-24. The team played well defensively, but never got things going on offense against Ponderosa’s zone defense. Lauren Liebert scored eight, while Nikki Dow and Lauren Ona both finished with seven. Oak Ridge led Vista by 10 points at halftime, 29-19, but outscored them 11-0 in the third to put the game away. Jenna Ford played a strong game, scoring 11 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Off the bench, Katie Newton was dynamite, scoring 10 points, eight in the first half when the team desperately needed it. Dow finished with seven points. Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy also said Madison Petty, who always rebounds well, was effective working her post moves. Lamy had no idea how his team would play at Hanford on Saturday after a four-hour drive, but it was easily the team’s best performance of the week. “We came out really well, moving the ball with patience and really looking for each other,” Lamy said. “They (Hanford) had very little going on and we played well. Our defensive rotations were much better.” Dow led the way with 14, while Liebert scored 11 and Ford added 10.