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Late slip-up dooms Oakmont girls in Division III loss at Patterson

By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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PATTERSON — It wasn’t so much the 20 turnovers that did in Oakmont High School on Tuesday night.

It was the one that was committed with a tie score. It was a subsequent failure to secure a defensive rebound, which led to the go-ahead basket, then a missed shot on offense and a following transition three-pointer by host Patterson, all in the final two minutes of a 68-61 loss in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls basketball playoffs.

“It was an extension of some things going bad,” coach Zach Lovell said at the conclusion of his first season at the helm of the 12th-seeded Vikings, who finished with a 19-9 record and threatened to upset the fifth-seeded Tigers (24-2).

Oakmont, joining Valley Christian Academy’s boys in running the Grinnell System this season — minus an all-out press — knocked down seven three-pointers in a 24-point second quarter that sent the Vikings into the locker room leading 38-32.

Senior Kelsey Caudill scored 13 of her team-high 17 points in the first half on 5-of-5 shooting, including 3 for 3 on three-point attempts, and juniors Sydney Sattelberg and Olivia Francis combined for six assists in the first half.

But Oakmont went cold in the third period, going 4 for 18 overall and 0 for 6 on three-point tries.

“In the second half, we tightened up a little,” Lovell said. “It’s heartbreaking to finish like this, but I thought we did enough to win the game.”

Francis and junior Tiyana Dorsey scored 11 and nine points and senior Brittany Martin eight.

The Vikings canned 13 three-pointers and, averaging more than nine threes per game, have a chance to finish No. 1 in the state in that category, according to Lovell.

He seeks to turn his new program into a family while building a winner. The Vikings will lose six seniors, but there were 12 juniors, sophomores and freshmen on the roster, and Lovell said the JV team was “talented.” Player development and improving as a team will be keys during the offseason.

“I want to be proud of what we put on the court, and I am,” Lovell said.

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.

 

PATTERSON 68, OAKMONT 61

 

Oakmont (61)

Barnhard 1-3 0-0 2, Gavia 2-8 0-0 5, Rominger 0-4 0-0 0, Sattelberg 2-10 0-2 6, Martin 3-9 1-1 8, Dorsey 4-9 0-0 9, Crouch 0-1 0-0 0, Ford 0-1 0-0 0, Francis 4-10 0-0 11, Caudill 6-8 1-2 17, Caballes 1-1 0-0 3, Nichols 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-64 2-5 61.

Patterson (68)

Hansen 3-9 0-0 7, Jon 1-2 0-0 2, Tupouata 7-8 3-6 17, Craven 4-11 3-3 14, Arrington 6-18 2-2 16, Perez 1-5 0-0 2, Barron 1-1 0-0 2, Jenkins 1-3 0-0 2, Cashen 2-3 2-4 6, Ortega 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-61 10-15 68.

 

Oakmont    14   24     8   15 — 61

Patterson   16   16   18   18 — 68

 

Three-point goals — Oakmont 13-36 (Caudill 4-4, Francis 3-9, Sattelberg 2-8, Caballes 1-1, Dorsey 1-3, Martin 1-3, Gavia 1-6, Rominger 0-2), Patterson 4-16 (Craven 3-6, Hansen 1-3, Ortega 0-1, Perez 0-2, Arrington 0-4). Team fouls — Oakmont 14, Patterson 13. Rebounds — Oakmont 23 (Crouch 5), Patterson 42 (Cashen 11). Assists — Oakmont 16 (Sattelberg, Francis 4), Oakmont 9 (Arrington 4). Turnovers — Oakmont 20, Patterson 26.