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OR freshmen girls fall to Vista; jv girls win two

By: Matt Long
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While Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team won both its games last week, the freshmen team split their two games, losing to Vista del Lago. The loss dropped Oak Ridge to 6-1 in league play and 16-3 overall and frustrated coach Greg Lamy. “I’m disappointed, but it’s a good reminder of how hard we have to work every game,” Lamy said. “We’re going to see every team’s best game. We just played poor defensively, didn’t have patience against their zone and were just sloppy. It didn’t help matters that we shot eight-of-60 from the field and three of those makes were in the last minute and a half. We were ice cold.” Oak Ridge rebounded to defeat Ponderosa in an extremely physical game on Friday, 41-24. “The best thing I can say about this game was that we kept our composure,” Lamy said. “Our post players learned the true meaning of carrying the team on their backs, except it was the other team. That’s how physical it was.” Kirsten Banks-Gwartne led Oak Ridge with eight points, including six coming on 3-pointers, while Lindsay Honaker, Christina Figg-Hoblyn and Amanda Jones finished with six points. The junior varsity girls opened the week with a 63-21 win over Vista del Lago on Wednesday. The Eagles fought hard throughout, despite only having six players, but Oak Ridge was just too deep and too talented. Dakota McLarnan led the way with 16 points, while Taja Davis scored eight. On Friday the Lady Trojans were in a slugfest with the Bruins and came away with a 52-30 win. The game was physical from the start, as the referees let several things go that coach Annie Lamy felt should have been called fouls. Several elbows were thrown throughout the game as one uncalled foul was returned with another. “Stefanie Walberg had a black eye; Jenna Klein got plowed over, Alexa Pickett had an eight-inch long scratch on her back and Megan Stanion took an elbow right in the heart,” Lamy said. “They weren’t calling anything. “Beyond that, I thought Stefanie rebounded well, Kelsey (Sullivan) played a good game defensively and Dakota handled the ball well and ran the floor.” Lauren Sende had her best game of the season, as she led the team with 19 points and also played well defensively, according to Lamy. Klein ended the game with 11 points, while McLarnan also reached double figures with 10. Stanion also chipped in eight points. “The girls worked hard and did some good things,” Lamy said.