Big fourth quarter not enough for Oakmont girls

Vikings can't overcome early 8-0 hole at Del Campo
By: Robbie Enos
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A great fourth quarter wasn’t enough to save Oakmont High School’s girls basketball team from its third Capital Valley Conference loss Tuesday night.

Del Campo started the game with an 8-0 run and went on to beat the visiting Vikings 50-39.

“We just try to play tempo, and the way games go for us is that we usually wear down other teams,” Oakmont coach Zachary Lovell said. “We just let them get out to too big of a lead. We weren’t able to pick it up and finish. It was a cold shooting night from both the three-point line and the free-throw line.”

Oakmont (15-6 overall, 1-3 CVC) hit five three-pointers and went 9 for 18 from the line.

The Vikings trailed by six after the first quarter and followed with a bleak second period, when it made one field goal. Oakmont trailed by 15 by the end of the third quarter but made a run in the final period.

Oakmont scored 18 points, almost half of its point total, in the final period. The Vikings crunched the lead down to eight with 1:04 remaining after Lexie Morgan drilled a three-pointer off the backboard. That was as close as the Vikings came, however, thanks to clutch free throws by Del Campo’s Jazlynne Macklin, who scored a game-high 20 points. She collected most of her points with strong drives to the bucket, resulting either in free throws or easy layups.

Megan Roberson, a 6-foot-4 center, was another strong point for the Cougars (15-6, 4-0) with eight points and eight steals.

Morgan scored nine points to lead Oakmont, which has work to do to catch undefeated Bella Vista and Christian Brothers atop the CVC standings. There are seven games remaining.

“We just have to stay disciplined in what we do,” Lovell said. “We need to clean up the turnovers a little bit. We need to make sure that we are playing good, hard basketball the entire game.”