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Oak Ridge JV girls now 11-1

By: Staff Report
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With three dominating, double-digit victories on their way to a tournament championship at the Lady Bulldog Winter Classic, Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team proved they were the class of the tournament. The team only received two all-tournament selections, which left the unenviable task of choosing those players to coach Annie Lamy. “I told the team that I could have chose any of them to be on the all-tournament team because they all deserved it,” Lamy said. Lamy chose Katie Hoisington as the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Nicole Rucker to the all-tournament team. Rucker picked up the defensive effort when teammates Lindsay Honaker and Jenna Klein were in foul trouble and defensively did what she needed to do, according to Lamy. “When we play like a team, which we did during this tournament, no one can beat us,” Lamy said. “When we play as individuals, we fall apart. All the girls should be concerned about is winning.” Oak Ridge, 11-1 on the season, opened the tournament with a 50-33 win over Nevada Union, handing the Miners their first loss of the season. The team came prepared for the Miners’ pressing and trapping defense and it showed on the scoreboard. Oak Ridge started off with a 16-6 lead after the first quarter and increased that to 38-18 by halftime, coasting the rest of the way. Haley Anderson scored 10 points to lead the team, while Hoisington added nine and Kaitlyn Lendrum and Nicole Rucker both scored seven. Next up came Pleasant Valley, another unbeaten opponent, and Oak Ridge took care of them 60-41. Another good start for the Lady Trojans had them up 22-11 after one quarter and by halftime the team led comfortably 37-23. Pleasant Valley cut two points off its deficit in the third quarter, but Oak Ridge pulled away again the fourth. Hoisington scored nine of her 12 points in the first quarter to lead the way. Lendrum also finished with 12 points, while Honaker added 11. Amanda Jones and Lauren Sende both scored eight points, while Rucker, Klein and Lendrum played solidly defensively. Amanda Jones and Sende both played more aggressive, which pleased their coach. In the championship game, Oak Ridge made quick work of Folsom, jumping out to an 18-4 lead after the first quarter on its way to a 60-26 win. Anderson scored seven of her 13 points in the first quarter. Hoisington scored 12 points, while Klein added 10 and also played well defensively. Sara Bocinski also pleased her coach with her aggressive play.