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Oak Ridge JV girls finish 25-0

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team completed an undefeated season on Wednesday, defeating Ponderosa, 61-21. The Lady Trojans went 10-0 in the Delta River League and 25-0 overall. Oak Ridge worked up a 29-16 lead at halftime and then finished off the Bruins by outscoring them 20-2 in the third quarter to open up a 49-18 lead heading into the fourth. Krisztina Zagyi led the team with 19 points. Celeste Vitolas scored eight, while Gabby Flores had seven. All but one player scored in the game. “We came out flat with no energy, but we talked about that at halftime and played a lot better in the second half,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said. While this might not be the best team Lamy has coached at Oak Ridge, she said it’s definitely the most balanced. Zagyi led the team with 317 points scored on the season, followed by Vitolas, 212, Grace Derksen, 138, Shelby Peters, 133, Yumi Drossos, 124, Flores, 122, Lauren Barca, 116, Alyssa Ramona, 114, Nina Grimes, 111, Kristen Swanson, 102 and Sydney Stigerts, 86. Vitolas led the team with 174 rebounds, while Zagyi had 103. Everyone else had at least 40 except for one player. Most of the team also had between 36 and 60 steals. “It was my most balanced team,” Lamy said. “It was a good group and a fun group and just a good season.” The freshman team also wrapped up a strong season with a 47-26 win over the Bruins, finishing the year at 4-0 in the Delta River League and 21-4 overall. It was the team’s ninth straight year of winning a league championship. Oak Ridge led 10-6 after the first quarter and then outscored Ponderosa 15-6 in the second quarter to take a 25-12 lead into halftime. An 11-9 advantage kept the Bruins at bay in the third, as the Lady Trojans took a 36-21 lead into the fourth quarter. “We tried a new trapping zone just to give them something new to work on and they did OK with it,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. “Offensively, we did a better job this game of having patience against their zone and were able to hit some outside shots.” Oak Ridge had hoped to improve its outside game and develop some shooters this season and did just that. The team’s perimeter shooting picked up the last third of the season and in this game they made five three-pointers, two by Jessica Maglietta and Morgan Jones and one by Meagan Lasecke. “Meagan is the type of player that makes coaching worthwhile,” Lamy said. “She works so hard and I was able to play her because I knew she wasn’t going to let me down. She hadn’t got a ton of playing time this season so when she made that shot the whole bench erupted. It was nice.” Maglietta led the team with 12 points against Ponderosa, while Jones finished with 11. Ella Marino and Dominique Pizzuti both scored six points. “It was an up-and-down season,” Lamy said. “We struggled to find our identity early in the season and with four freshmen up on the JV team, it took us awhile to find our stride. We did a good job in the second half of the season, though, losing only once after December and it was a great game that we could have easily won.”