OR JV girls begin week unbeaten

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team opened the Delta River League season last week the same way they ended the preseason: by winning. Despite a weak defensive effort, the Lady Trojans blew out Pleasant Grove on Jan. 10, 84-53, and followed that up with a 62-16 win over Folsom on Thursday. The freshman team played three non-league games and walked away with a 45-14 victory against Kennedy, a 49-24 win over Sacramento and defeated the Foresthill JV team, 50-18. The JV girls (2-0, 15-0) held a narrow seven-point lead against Pleasant Grove at halftime, 34-27, but scored 30 points in the third to open up a safe lead. Krisztina Zagyi led the team with 22 points, while Celeste Vitolas scored 17. Gabby Flores and Sydney Stigerts both finished with nine points. “We scored 84 points, which was nice, but we didn’t do much defensively,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said. “We didn’t attempt to contain their ball handlers, weren’t rotating in our press and were just a step behind the whole game. We need to be more defensive-minded.” In the 46-point win over Folsom, Zagyi and Shelby Peters scored 12 points; Alyssa Ramona chipped in 10 and Vitolas pitched in nine. Every player on the team scored in the win. The freshman team (13-3) was too much for a hard-working, but overmatched Kennedy squad, winning by 31 points. Oak Ridge led 21-3 after the first quarter and increased that lead to 37-5 by halftime. “We came out pretty strong and it was good to see a couple of our shooters looking for their shots,” coach Greg Lamy said. “In the second half we didn’t do much of anything. We need to learn how to be more disciplined in running our half-court zone offense.” Morgan Jones was the high scorer for the team with 13 points. Katey Nill scored 11 and Jessica Maglietta had 10. All three hit at least one three-pointer as well. While it was nice to earn the 49-24 win over Sacramento on Thursday, the first half of the game was one that Lamy wishes he could forget. “The first half was hard to watch,” Lamy said. “We came out with no energy and it appeared like the girls were just going through the motions. The girls appeared that they didn’t want to bring anything to the game. I was disappointed at how much energy Sacramento had and how little we had.” To their credit, however, the girls picked up the play in the second half and played much better. Isamar Conde led the way, scoring 14 of her team-high 18 points in the second half. Jones finished with 17 points, while Maglietta scored 10 and Ella Marino had four. Oak Ridge finished the week on Friday with a 50-18 win over Foresthill’s junior varsity team. Despite being younger, the game was a mismatch as Oak Ridge worked up an early lead and by halftime led by 24, 30-6. Maglietta and Lauren Gaddis each scored nine points, while Nill, Jones and Conde all scored eight.