Oak Ridge JV girls improve to 18-1, Frosh win only game

By: Matt Long
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Coaches often seek perfection so even though their teams win, sometimes that’s not enough to satisfy them. Annie Lamy loves the fact that her junior varsity girls’ team works hard and the team’s 18-1 record shows that they’re a talented group of well-coached players. Despite the fact that the team won two games last week very easily, Lamy said her team didn’t play their best. “Sometimes I feel greedy because I’m not satisfied,” Lamy said. “To me it’s how we play that matters.” Oak Ridge defeated Pleasant Grove on Jan. 25, 64-24. Michelle Barkley scored 18 points in the victory, while Nikki Dow added 14. Three days later the team crushed Sheldon by nearly the identical score, 67-22. Barkley again led the team 17 points, while Ali Bettencourt scored 10. Jenn Hoffman scored nine points; Carisa Rivers and Jenna Ford added seven, while Dow scored six. “My team works very hard but sometimes they do dumb things,” Lamy said. “We didn’t play our best against Pleasant Grove and we made a lot of mistakes against Sheldon. Sometimes we just need to focus more. I always tell them, if they focus on we and not me, there’s not a team out there that can beat them.” Oak Ridge’s freshman girls’ team improved to 17-3 on the season with a 50-14 win over Christian Brothers on Friday. A 15-0 start in the first quarter proved to be one point more than they would need to win the game. Nina Grimes scored 10 of her 14 points in the first quarter and coach Greg Lamy said she did a good job going up strong and finishing around the basket. Lamy was also pleased that the team played well defensively, made a lot of steals and pushed the ball up the court creating several fastbreak opportunities. The team had a goal to commit less than 11 turnovers and they ended with 13 and only two in the second half. Lauren Barca scored 10 points, while Krisztina Zagyi scored seven and Alyssa Ramona finished with six. Celeste Vitolas led the way with seven rebounds, while Grimes finished with seven. “Lauren is developing a calming influence to the point where she’s unflappable and that really helps us,” Lamy said.