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Oak Ridge JV, freshman girls win Toss-Up tourney

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity and freshman girls’ basketball team remained unbeaten last week, as both defeated three opponents to win the Trojan Toss-Up Tournament.
 
The junior varsity squad improved to 9-0 on the season and capped off the tournament Saturday with a 52-41 win over River City in the championship game. Ironically, Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said the team didn’t play particularly well.
 
“It was probably the worst game we played all year, but I’ll take the win,” Lamy said. “River City worked hard and we made their job easy. We weren’t communication and rotating on our press so we had to go to man-to-man.”
 
Oak Ridge trailed at halftime, 24-21, the first time all year the team has trailed at the half. 
 
“We weren’t playing as a team; instead it was a lot of me and what I can do,” Lamy said.
 
Oak Ridge, however, rebounded in the second half, outscored the Raiders 31-17 to take the game. Freshman Brianna Dulgar, who plays on the freshman team but was called up to play on the JV squad, scored 16 points, including nine on three-pointers, to lead the way. Isamar Conde finished with 12 points, while Saraya Smith and Sierra Lamy finished with eight apiece.
 
“Brianna did a great job and gave us what we needed from her,” Lamy said. “She helped us out a lot. Sierra worked hard, as did Lauren (Gaddis) and Elizabeth (Cameron).”
 
In the semifinals, Oak Ridge defeated Kennedy, 62-50. The Lady Trojans didn’t have a good first half, but improved their play in the second and executed their press well enough to gain the victory. 
 
“In the first half, every time we did something good we’d do something not so good,” Lamy said. “We kept stumbling over ourselves, but we ran the press well and played much better in the second half.”
 
Smith scored 10 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to lift the team. Conde finished with 14, while Lamy scored eight.
 
Oak Ridge opened the tournament with a 72-14 win over Will C. Wood, allowing only two points in the final three quarters of the game. Cameron scored 18 points to lead the way, while Krosby DeLapp and Conde finished with 12 and Smith chipped in 10.
 
Conde earned the tournament most valuable player award, while Gaddis and Dulgar were named to the all-tournament team.
 
The freshman team improved to 6-0 by winning the Toss-Up Tournament, defeating Kennedy in the championship game, 31-26. Oak Ridge couldn’t get many shots to fall, making only 11, but made all six free throws in the fourth quarter to secure the win. 
 
“Our shots weren’t falling and that was frustrating, but you’ve got to keep shooting,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. “It was a tight game all the way through, as neither team led by more than four points until late.”
 
Laura Soper and Siera Rasmussen both made a pair of free throws late to secure the victory. As a team, Oak Ridge made nine-of-15 shots from the foul line, which was important in a low-scoring game.
 
Oak Ridge had an easier time of it in its first two games of the tournament, easily getting by El Lincoln of Stockton in the opener, 61-24 and El Camino in the semifinals, 52-20.
 
The Lady Trojans’ zone press was effective against El Camino, as the team scored a lot of points off turnovers in transition. Rasmussen led the way with 13 points, while Soper scored 11 and Shelley Hoffman finished with nine.
 
In the opening game against Lincoln, Hoffman scored 15, while Rasmussen and Amber Orchard finished with 10. Soper scored nine.
 
Soper was named the tournament’s most valuable player, while Rasmussen and Hoffman also made the all-tournament team.