Oak Ridge JV girls go for perfect season todayBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team goes for an undefeated season tonight when they play host to Ponderosa at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Trojans enter the game with a 9-0 record in the Delta River League and a 23-0 mark overall. They have previously beaten the Bruins, 57-18.
Oak Ridge is coming off wins over Sheldon, 55-22, Friday and St. Francis, 63-32, Feb. 5. As the final score indicates, the Lady Trojans dominated both opponents, like they have against most of their opponents this season.
Saraya Smith led the way with 20 points, while Isamar Conde added 14. Sierra Lamy, Elizabeth Cameron and Jessica Maglietta all chipped in seven points.
“Saraya did a good job attacking the basket,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said. “Isamar played a great game. She is such a selfless player. She does it all and only cares about winning. Jessica is a playmaker and worked hard, but I’d like her to shoot a little bit more.”
In the win over Sheldon, the Trojans stopped the two players that scored a bulk of the points the last time the teams played, which led to a 33-point win. Conde led the way with 14 points, while Smith finished with 13. Lamy and Cameron both scored eight points.
The freshman team defeated St. Francis by 16 points when the teams met at Oak Ridge Jan. 15, but on the road, it was the Troubadours that came away with a 54-48 victory, dropping Oak Ridge’s record to 2-1 in league and 19-2 overall. It was the team’s first loss against a freshman squad, as their first loss came at the hands of Ponderosa’s junior varsity team.
A poor start and an even poorer performance of rebounding in the second half cost Oak Ridge the win. The Lady Trojans trailed 18-5 two minutes into the second quarter and while they came back to trail by only three at halftime, they were out-rebounded 34-11 in the second half.
“That was the difference in the game,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. “Because we dug ourselves a hole in the first quarter, we expended so much energy to get back in the game that in the second half we were gassed.”
The game was tied at 37 after three quarters and Oak Ridge led by as many as four points early in the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t hold on to it.
“It was a great lesson for the girls to learn,” Lamy said. “It’s a game we should have won, but because of our horrendous start, we didn’t. We got back in the game, but we didn’t finish well.”
Briana Dulgar led Oak Ridge with 19 points, while Shelley Hoffman scored 13. Siera Rasmussen finished with eight points.
“Siera had a good game and has developed tremendously,” Lamy said. “She’s got a great future if she continues to work the way she has this season.”