Oak Ridge JV, freshman girls win twice

By: Staff Report
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If last week was a test for Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ basketball program, it passed with flying colors. Playing against solid opponents in Nevada Union and St. Francis, Oak Ridge varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams went 6-0. The junior varsity girls improved to 3-0 in Delta River League play and 17-0 overall with a 48-39 win over St. Francis on Friday. Oak Ridge fell behind early 9-3 and trailed most of the first half. They played a bit better in the third quarter, but trailed 32-29 with eight minutes to play. Krisztina Zagyi drained a three-pointer to tie the game 15 seconds into the fourth quarter and Alyssa Ramona followed with a basket a minute later to give the Lady Trojans the lead for good, 34-32. While the baskets finally began to fall in the fourth quarter, Oak Ridge also picked up its defensive intensity in the fourth quarter, allowing St. Francis only seven points, while scoring 19. Zagyi led the way with 10 of her game-high 13 points coming in the final quarter. Nina Grimes finished the game with 10 points, nine coming in the third quarter, which kept her team in the game. Ramona finished with seven points, while Yumi Drossos and Shelby Peters both scored five. “It was an ugly win, but we’ll take it,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said. “It’s probably the worst we played all year so to still get the win I can’t complain. We had more turnovers than points in the first half, but we played better in the second half had a great fourth quarter.” Oak Ridge opened the week with a 55-45 win over Nevada Union. The Lady Trojans led most of the way against a good shooting Miners team. “We played amazingly great,” Lamy said. “The intensity and communication was phenomenal. The players off the bench brought so much more than they ever had. I think we just outlasted them physically.” Drossos scored 13 points to lead the team, while Zagyi finished with 12. The freshman improved to 1-0 in league and 15-3 on the year with a 41-29 win over St. Francis following a 44-41 victory over Nevada Union. Against two of the tougher opponents they’ve played this season, the Lady Trojans, who despite their record have tried the patience of coach Greg Lamy at times, had a great week. “It really was a nice week,” Lamy said. “We played on the road at two difficult places to win against two good teams and to win both games was pretty cool. Friday’s win over St. Francis was our most complete effort versus a team of that caliber all season. They played very well.” The key to both wins was the play in the fourth quarter. Oak Ridge, who held a four-to-eight point lead over St. Francis through much of the game, was up 30-25 after three quarters, but outscored the Troubadours 11-4 in the fourth quarter, holding them to only four free throws. Oak Ridge scored the first seven points of the quarter to take a commanding 37-25 lead. Katey Nill led Oak Ridge with 10 points, while Morgan Jones scored nine points and Isamar Conde had eight. Against Nevada Union, Oak Ridge trailed 39-29 after three quarters, but outscored the Miners 15-2 in the final eight minutes, allowing only two free throws. “In the fourth quarter they figured it out,” Lamy said. “It was the third time we’ve played them and it’s hard to beat a team three times, but we had a great fourth quarter.” Jessica Maglietta and Conde scored 11 points apiece to lead the way, including 9-of-13 shooting from the free throw line from Conde.