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Oak Ridge JV girls win Roseville Tournament

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team started the season by winning the Roseville Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons. The Lady Trojans did so impressively too, defeating Colfax in the championship game, 59-24. Oak Ridge jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Jenn Hoffman led the way with 14 points, while Ali Bettencourt scored 11 and Michelle Barkley added 10. Oak Ridge defeated Placer in the semifinals, 65-18, in another game that was long decided before the game’s final buzzer. Nikki Dow led the way with 15 points, while Hoffman and Lauren Ona chipped in 11. The team opened the tournament with a 69-31 win over Bella Vista. Bettencourt scored all 18 of her points in the first quarter, helping the team out to a 26-6 lead. Hoffman added 14 points, while Barkley finished with 10. Bettencourt and Dow earned All-Tournament selections, while Hoffman and Jenna Ford led the way on the boards throughout the tournament. The freshman team won their first two games of the Bear River Tournament, easily defeating Placer 46-11 and Ponderosa, 55-20. In the championship game, however, an atrocious first quarter in which they were outscored 17-2 proved to be a hole too big for them to climb out of in a 48-31 loss. Thirteen first-quarter turnovers, poor rebounding and poor execution of fundamental skills did the team in, according to coach Greg Lamy. “Thirty-nine turnovers in the game is something that needs to be fixed quickly or the squad is going to have a difficult season,” Lamy said. Celeste Vitolas led the team in scoring with 12 points. In the semi-finals, Oak Ridge fell behind early but recovered to lead 23-12 at halftime before pulling away in the second half for the 35-point win. Nina Grimes led the team in scoring with 13 points, while Vitolas scored 11. The team, however, committed 22 turnovers. Oak Ridge opened the tournament with a 46-11 win over Placer, in what was the team’s cleanest game of the tournament, as they committed only five turnovers. Alyssa Ramona and Lauren Barca both scored nine points, while Heather Dunham added eight. Vitolas pulled down eight boards. “The championship game was a clear wake-up call to the squad that they have a significant amount of work to do if they hope to be competitive on a consistent basis,” Lamy said. “The roster is by far the smallest we have ever had with only nine currently active players, and they’re in the process of learning new roles and skills. This season is going to be a real test of their ability to learn under fire. This group has a great opportunity to carry on the tradition of hard working, successful Oak Ridge teams, but it will take a lot of dedication and development on their part during the next three months.”