Talent plus hard work leads to 18-0 record for Lady TrojansBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Oak Ridge High’s junior varsity girls’ basketball team is not only talented, but the girls play hard. So far this season that’s proved to be a lethal combination for opponents, as the team enters Thursday’s game at Ponderosa with an 18-0 record.
Oak Ridge is coming off two more wins last week, a 63-37 win over St. Francis and a 58-40 victory over Sheldon. The game against the Troubadours was never close, as the Lady Trojans led 17-5 after the first quarter and continued to pull way the rest of the game. Saraya Smith led the way with 22 points, while Sierra Lamy scored 15.
“We played very well defensively and that was good to see,” Oak Ridge coach Annie Lamy said.
The Sheldon game was a bit more competitive, as it was a seven-point game at halftime and 11-point game after three quarters. Oak Ridge pulled away for good in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Huskies 19-12.
“When we play as a team, we’re very hard to beat,” Lamy said. “The girls work very hard. Sheldon was aggressive and physical and we struggled to finish early, but the girls kept it together and didn’t lose focus.”
Isamar Conde finished the game with 18 points, 13 coming in the first half, while Jessica Maglietta had 14, 11 of which came in the third quarter. Lamy added 11 points, including three, three-pointers.
The freshman girls’ team improved to 15-1 on the season with wins over St. Francis and Sacramento. In their first league game of the season against St. Francis Jan. 15, Oak Ridge played well offensively, but so did St. Francis, as the Lady Trojans held a 36-34 lead into halftime.
A better defensive performance held the Troubadours to nine points in the third quarter, while Oak Ridge managed 10, and took a 46-43 lead into the final quarter. In the fourth, however, it was all Oak Ridge.
“We took over the game,” Oak Ridge coach Greg Lamy said. “Shelley (Hoffman) stepped up and took charge and Briana kept taking the ball to the hoop.”
The Lady Trojans finished with a 21-8 fourth quarter to win the game 67-51. Dulgar scored 30 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the way, while Hoffman finished with 14 and Laura Soper scored 10.
The team also shot well from the foul line, as they made14-of-25 shots.
Against Sac High, a team they beat a week ago by 18 points, Oak Ridge played a strong second half to win 57-33. The Lady Trojans led 19-15 at halftime, but outscored the Dragons 38-18 in the second half.
“We got off to a good start, but let them hang around for awhile,” Lamy said. “We switched up our defenses and good things happened and we extended the lead in the second half.”
Dulgar scored 22 points in the win, while Hoffman finished with 17 and Soper had 13.