Oak Ridge opens Nor-Cal playoffs Wednesday in Pleasanton

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Despite suffering a disappointing loss to Kennedy High on Feb. 28, Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ basketball team still has a chance to achieve bigger and better things than a Sac-Joaquin Section championship.

Oak Ridge opens the Northern California Division I playoffs tonight on the road at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. Oak Ridge (25-4) is the 10th-seed out of 14 teams in the tournament, while Amador Valley (19-9) is the seventh seed. If Oak Ridge wins, its second-round game will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wilcox High (23-4), the tournament’s second seed out of Santa Clara.

“The message after the (Kennedy) game was, 'Are we going to cry over spilt milk or are we going to make lemonade out of lemons,'” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “We didn’t become a bad team just by losing to Kennedy. If we regroup and refocus, we can get to Sleep Train and maybe meet Kennedy again. When you are playing a good team, you have to match their A game with your A game because if you don’t, this (a loss) is what happens.”

Oak Ridge senior Haley Anderson added, “We know we still have a chance to make it to Sleep Train. We know we could meet Kennedy again further down the line.”