Oakmont boys, girls sweep Center

By: Kayla Nix
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Oakmont High School opened the basketball season with a girls/boys sweep of visiting Center in a Foundation Game doubleheader Monday night.

The Vikings won the girls game 50-43, and the boys beat the Cougars 55-49.

Oakmont’s girls trailed to start the fourth quarter, but back-to-back baskets with six minutes left put the Vikings ahead for good.

“We didn’t quit,” Oakmont coach Al Voigt said. “We had many opportunities to give up. I think we held them scoreless in the fourth quarter until there were two minutes left. That was good. Our defense came through when we needed it to.”

Shelby Kelch led the Vikings with 19 points.

Oakmont’s boys trailed 17-9 after one quarter, but the Vikings went on a 15-0 run and held Center scoreless until 1:05 remained in the second period to take a 26-21 lead.

“In spurts, we did some really nice things, and in spurts, we did some really not-so-nice things,” Oakmont coach Rick Campbell said. “It was a good win for the first time out. I’ve got to give Center credit; they’re a pretty good squad, too.”

The Cougars closed to 43-42 with 5:19 remaining, but Hunter Ford sank a three-pointer, and the Vikings held on at the free throw line.

John Adenrele had a quiet 10 points and three big blocked shots for Oakmont, which will play Franklin of Elk Grove in the Bella Vista tournament this weekend.