High school girls basketball

Late shot sinks Lady Vikes

Oakmont girls battle to end with Rocklin
By: Russ Edmondson, Gold Country News Service
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Oakmont High’s varsity girls basketball team came oh so close to its first Sierra Foothill League victory of the season Friday night at Rocklin. The Vikings led the Thunder by a point when Rocklin senior point guard Emily Shields nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to put her team up 46-44 with 14 seconds left in the game. Oakmont is now 0-2 while the Thunder are 1-1 in league play. Rocklin led 31-29 entering the fourth quarter and the teams continued to trade baskets. Oakmont took its first lead of the game when junior forward Pauline Parker scored with 6:44 left to make it 34-33. The lead went back-and-forth and Thunder junior Katie Summers tied the score at 43 when she converted a 3-point play with 1:16 left. Oakmont’s Shelby Kelch put Oakmont up 44-43 with a free throw at 32 seconds. Then Summers set up Shields for the game-winning shot on the ensuing possession. Oakmont missed an inside shot on its next possession and missed a wild 3-pointer at the buzzer after Rocklin missed two free throws. Rocklin led 12-4 midway through the first quarter but Oakmont battled back to tie the score at 18 with two minutes left in the half. The Thunder took a 22-18 lead into the break. “We didn’t play all 32 minutes,” Oakmont coach Al Voigt said. “We got down early, 12-4, and might have had a chance to quit but we didn’t. This is a building block.” Rocklin coach Frank Shields was impressed with the Vikings. “They don’t get down and they keep coming at you,” Shields said. “And (Parker) is one of the best in the league.” Parker scored a game-high 19 points and was a force inside. Sophomore teammate Kayla Powers added 12 points. Summers (16 points) and Shields (12) led Rocklin’s offense.