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Oak Ridge JV, freshman girls sweep the competition

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge’s junior varsity and freshman girls’ basketball team kicked off their season with perfect records, as the JV girls won the Roseville Tournament, while the freshman team was champions of the Bear River Tournament. Utilizing a balanced offensive attack, Oak Ridge’s JV girls had an easy go of it, defeating Woodcreek, 65-28, Bella Vista, 51-10 and Colfax, 71-49. Oak Ridge had at least five players who scored eight points in two of the three games. Krisztina Zagyi scored 16 points in the win over Woodcreek, while Celeste Vitolas and Sydney Stigerts each scored eight. Grace Derksen and Gabby Flores also scored seven points apiece in the win. Everyone scored in the win over Woodcreek and the team repeated that feat against Bella Vista. Zagyi and Flores scored nine, while Shelby Peters chipped in seven. Against Colfax, again it was Zagyi with 16 leading the way. Derksen scored nine, while Stigerts, Lauren Barca and Yumi Drossos all finished with eight. Zagyi and Flores earned spots on the all-tournament team. “We’re a guard-heavy team that’s doing a good job of sharing the ball,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said. “Our four freshmen add stability to our seven sophomores. The girls practice hard and take constructive criticism well and are pushing each other. If that continues they will be hard to beat.” The freshman girls had a good tournament at Bear River. Despite some slow starts and poor free throw shooting, the girls improved with each game, culminating with an impressive performance in the championship game against Nevada Union, which they parlayed into a 44-30 victory. “I was surprised at how they played,” coach Greg Lamy said. “I wasn’t sure they could do it because although they have a lot of potential and skill, they had been reluctant to show it. They were ready to play and they looked like they wanted it and that was great to see because this is a relatively passive group.” Oak Ridge led Nevada Union 22-20 at the break, but outscored them 22-10 in the second half to win. Katey Nill scored 13 points, while Jessica Maglietta added 11 and Isamar Conde chipped in six. The Lady Trojans opened the tournament with a 43-17 win over Placer. Ella Marino sparked the team off the bench with great energy that keyed a 33-7 second-half scoring advantage as Oak Ridge turned a 10-10 game at halftime into a 26-point victory. The team followed that win with a 48-19 victory over Golden Sierra. Nill scored 13 points, while Conde and Morgan Jones added 10. “Like Ella was in the first game, Morgan was the sparkplug and made the difference in this game with 10 points and 13 rebounds,” Lamy said.