Oak Ridge JV girls closing in on perfect seasonBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity and freshman girls’ basketball teams are on the home stretch to another outstanding season.
The JV girls have won every game entering this week, as the 63-28 win over Folsom Thursday improved the team’s record to 7-0 in the Delta River League and 21-0 overall. Oak Ridge plays St. Francis and Sheldon on the road Tuesday and Friday, respectively, before finishing the season at home against Ponderosa Feb. 12.
“I just hope this team focuses on the final three games and not trip before the finish line,” coach Annie Lamy said. “One of their goals is to go undefeated so they need to be focused and ready.”
That wasn’t an issue last week, as Oak Ridge kicked things off with a 53-29 win over Pleasant Grove. After a slow start in which the teams were tied 11-11 after the first quarter, Oak Ridge pulled away to a comfortable 53-29 victory. Saraya Smith scored 17 points to lead the way, while Isamar Conde added 14 and Lauren Gaddis scored nine.
“We played them a lot better than we did the first time and that was good to see,” Lamy said. “Saraya did a great job attacking the basket and her defense continues to get a lot better. Our post players did a good job rebounding and if they didn’t get the rebound, they were tipping it back out to teammates. They still need to get tougher, thought. Isamar was extremely solid and Lauren worked hard.”
In the win over Folsom, Conde scored 19 points to lead the team. Jessica Maglietta added 12, while Sierra Lamy had 10. Smith scored eight, while Elizabeth Cameron finished with seven.
The freshman team defeated Kennedy Jan. 29, 44-28. The last time the teams played Oak Ridge won by five, so Oak Ridge improved a lot from that win on Dec. 15.
“We won the first game by five, but that was without Briana,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. “Our defense was much better this time and offensively, we moved the ball around and scored. We were up 13-0 after the first quarter.
“In the second half, we focused on playing up to our level and I thought Shelley (Hoffman) did a really good job. She led us with 20 points and had a lot of drives to the basket. Offensively, our ball possession against their zone was much improved.”
On Friday the freshman team defeated Summerville, 51-38, to improve to 19-1 on the season. Against a talented Summerville team, the Lady Trojans proved to be better, even playing without Amber Orchard and having only eight players in uniform. Summerville had 14 players suit up, but only played seven.
Oak Ridge jumped out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter and though Summerville came back to outscore the Lady Trojans in the second quarter, 15-11, Oak Ridge remained in control the rest of the game.
“We did a really good job in the fourth quarter, moving the ball around and playing good defense,” Lamy said. “In the end, they had no answer for our post players and that was a big difference in the game. Siera Rasmussen had her best game and was dominant. She had a lot of rebounds, touches and looks and was a presence that they had to deal with and it irritated them. Brooke Hull also did a great job in the post. She’s a hard worker and a smart player.”
Laura Soper and Briana Dulgar led a balanced attack with 12 points each, while Rasmussen scored 11 and Shelley Hoffman finished with 10.