Lady Vikings win final preseason tune-up

Oakmont beats Marysville
By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
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With the Sierra Foothill League season just around the corner, the Oakmont High girls basketball team got back to full strength in a final preseason tune-up Tuesday night. The Vikings defended their home court with a 45-28 win over Marysville to finish their pre-league slate at 10-5. Through halftime it was a close game as Marysville narrowed a six-point lead on a long distance 3-pointer to end the half 21-18. The third quarter decided the game and undoubtedly gave the Vikings a boost as they ready for the SFL. Marysville didn’t score one point in the third quarter as a 14-0 Oakmont push sent the teams into the fourth quarter at 35-18. The Vikings welcomed back two players from injury in the game against Marysville. All-league forward Pauline Parker played her first game since having her cast removed from her left hand. Brianna Morin saw her first game back since a concussion before the Chavez Christmas Classic. Parker finished with six points, five rebounds and two steals. She entered the game for the first time midway through the first quarter to a host of home fan cheers for her return. She missed her first shot on a jumper from the baseline scoring her first points in the second quarter on a running jumper in the lane. Sabrina Ali was the point leader in the game scoring 13 points over a smaller Marysville team. She also had four rebounds, all of which were offensive boards and two blocks. “We made one minor adjustment, put more pressure on the ball and took a more aggressive tact to our game in the second half,” said Oakmont coach Al Voigt. “It obviously paid off. It’s nice having a full squad to give us some options. We can substitute and try to do different things. Our guards Shelby (Kelch), Gina (Spino) and Jennifer (Gong) picked it up for us in the second half and shut them down.” Kelch had two early assists and two early steals in the beginning plays of the first quarter. She finished with a total of six points, two rebounds, two assists and four steals. The Vikings open league play at home next Wednesday against Granite Bay. The Grizzlies pose a tough first game with SFL scoring leader Sarah Sciascia in the frontcourt. “Sciascia is the main person, but they have a few three-point shooters to worry about. They’re a very good team,” Voigt said. “Going into league and looking at the seven teams in there, all six of the seven are probably rated above us. We just have to come out and play hard. If we do that we’ll be all right.”