Oakmont girls are flattened at Casa in CVC opener
Following a narrow loss to Roseville, Oakmont High School’s girls basketball team hoped to get back on track in its Capital Valley Conference opener Thursday night at Casa Roble.
To their dismay, though, the Vikings (10-8, 0-1 CVC) scored a season-low 28 points in a 43-28 loss to the Rams. Oakmont committed 19 turnovers and shot 9 of 17 from the foul line.
After taking a 6-1 lead, Oakmont’s scoring was lacking. Casa Roble’s 23 turnovers weren’t impressive either, but senior center Tara Prato-Morrison negated her team’s ball-handling troubles with consistent offensive rebounding and put-backs.
“You can win scoring 28 points, but we just didn’t do the basics,” Oakmont coach Al Voigt said. “We had more mental mistakes than turnovers, and we didn’t work together as a team.”
Ashley Rominger scored nine of Oakmont’s 12 points in the first half, including eight in the first quarter.
The Vikings were held to three points in the second quarter and scored fewer than 10 in each period. Oakmont pulled within 35-26 with less than four minutes to play in the game, but Casa quickly turned steals into opportunities to squash a comeback.
“We went into this game knowing we had to win it, and this is how we came out — flat,” Voigt said.
Woodcreek 57, Roseville 42 — Samantha Gonzalez scored eight points and Fia Hoskinson seven as the host Timberwolves (13-5, 1-0 SFL) vaulted to a 25-5 lead.
The Tigers (3-14, 0-1) finished the first half with a 12-2 run as Amanda Susbilla made two three-pointers on her way to a game-high 20 points. Lollie Fitzpatrick scored nine points for the Tigers.
Gonzalez finished with 17 points, and Hoskinson and Destiny Standifer scored 11 each. Kayla Gardner scored seven of her nine points in the third quarter, as Woodcreek allowed Roseville to get no closer than 11 points.
Nevada Union 61, Granite Bay 29 — The Miners used a 21-2 run in the second quarter to erase the Grizzlies’ 18-15 lead. Katrina Reeves and Jen Manduca scored eight points each for Granite Bay. Reeves had three steals, and Manduca had three assists.
Valley Christian 59, Vacaville-Buckingham Charter 17 — Heather Frank scored 23 points to lift the Lions.
Valley Christian 67, Buckingham Charter 39 — Zach Sween scored a season-high 26 points, and Micah Gunter made three three-pointers and had 12 points. The Lions (10-6, 2-0 SMAL) pulled away from an 11-11 tie to lead 35-17 at halftime.
Oakmont 44, Casa Roble 16 — Team captain Tiyanna Dorsey scored 11 points and Roselle Caballes had 10 as the Vikings rolled over the Rams 44-16.
Oakmont’s Elliott, Santos return — Peter Santos moved up in weight and won the 170-pound class at the first Oak Ridge Invitational as he and Oakmont teammate Jake Elliott returned from injuries.
Vikings coach Dave Wells said Santos “looked very good.” Santos scored three pins and defeated Gabe Tulchinsky of Oakley-Freedom on a technical fall in the final.
Elliott moved up to 160 pounds and went 3-0, including a 7-1 decision over Jacob Holley of Lodi in a semifinal battle of unbeatens.
“It was a very good test for Jake to determine how he was feeling after coming back from injury,” Wells said of Elliott, who didn’t wrestle in the final. Placing fifth for Oakmont were Yianni Athens at 132 pounds and Daniel Kozachek at 113.