Oakmont girls can't handle press, fall to Christian Brothers

Valley Christian boys, girls sweep Sac Adventist
By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Christian Brothers High School earned its first Capital Valley Conference win Tuesday night, 57-43 over struggling and frustrated Oakmont.

The host Vikings’ numerous turnovers and difficulty rebounding and handling the Falcons’ full-court press put them at a disadvantage for the second game in a row.

“We’d beat it (the full-court press), and then we’d shoot ourselves in the foot,” Oakmont coach Al Voigt said. “We knew what they were going to do, they did it, and we just didn’t play it 100 percent. We didn’t play every possession.”

Oakmont started slow in the first half while Christian Brothers (13-6, 1-1) was firing on all cylinders, taking a 17-12 lead.

The Vikings (13-6, 0-2) played in spurts, whittling the deficit to five and then allowing a handful of points to find themselves with a double-digit deficit.

Christian Brothers kept its offense firing in the second quarter, scoring another 17 points by capitalizing on Oakmont turnovers, and led 34-22 at halftime.

“One person can’t do it,” Voigt said. “We came out at halftime and said don’t dribble through the press. First possession, we dribbled through the press and turned it over.”

Jennifer Gong scored a layup off an inbounds pass to pull Oakmont within 38-33 with about three minutes left in the third quarter. The Falcons then scored 10 in a row for a 48-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“We’re going to have to figure out how to fix it in practice,” Voigt said. “We’ve got to stop talking about doing it and do it.”

Shelby Kelch led Oakmont with three three-pointers and a game-high 19 points, and Emilee Gavia scored 13 points.

Christian Brothers won the JV game 58-48.

Rocklin 42, Roseville 36 – Lolly Fitzpatrick scored 14 points for the host Tigers (4-14, 0-2 SFL), who trailed the Thunder (11-8, 1-1) 31-30 entering the fourth quarter.

Del Oro 64, Granite Bay 20 – The host Grizzlies (0-17, 0-2 SFL) trailed the powerful Golden Eagles (13-3, 2-0) 23-4 after one quarter and 37-8 at halftime.

Nevada Union 46, Woodcreek 29 – The visiting Timberwolves (12-7, 1-1 SFL) were held to two points in the fourth period by the Miners (12-8, 2-0).

Valley Christian 45, Sacramento Adventist 29 – The host Lady Lions (14-4, 4-0 SMAL) used a big second quarter to build a 36-11 halftime lead over the Capitals (7-3, 2-2). Carly Gish led Valley Christian with a game-high 19 points, and Heather Frank scored 16.

Varsity boys
Valley Christian 80, Sacramento Adventist 49
– The Lions (15-3, 4-0 SMAL) passed a test against a guard-dominated lineup that coach Brad Gunter Jr. said tried to slow the tempo. Valley Christian varied its presses and stayed in its attacking half-court matchup zone. The result was a 44-point first half and a 70-38 lead over the Capitals (9-3, 2-2) after three quarters.

“We answered decently,” Gunter said. “It was a huge league win for us.”

Jason Gish had 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead the Lions, who played at Faith Christian (13-4, 3-1) on Friday night. Joey Parker had 16 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and six steals. Jesse Peters had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Valley Christian totaled 49 rebounds, 24 assists and 14 steals.

Rocklin 69, Roseville 58 – A 22-7 second quarter doomed the Tigers (9-10, 1-1 SFL). Roseville fell behind by 18 in the third quarter before cutting the deficit to nine, but the Thunder (7-12, 1-1) held on.

Coach Greg Granucci said the Tigers didn’t provide help when Rocklin put the ball on the floor, and the Thunder made several trips to the free-throw line. Roseville also didn’t rebound well.

“A lot of times, there were blue jerseys on both ends of the floor and no white jerseys,” Granucci said.

Cole Jacobs led Roseville with 11 points, and Marcus Garcia scored 10.

JV boys
Granite Bay 53, Nevada Union 42
– Chase Pedone had 11 points and eight rebounds, and the Grizzlies used a 19-10 third quarter to put distance between themselves and the Miners. Jacob King also scored 11 points for Granite Bay. Sherron Bradford had 10 points and five rebounds, and Daniel Romero had nine points and five rebounds.

Christian Brothers 57, Oakmont 43
Christian Brothers (57)

Burch 7 1-2 16, Hastings 0 1-2 1, Kellison 0 1-2 1, Bembry 0 1-2 1, Lysaght 4 0-0 8, Valmores 2 2-2 8, Lemon 1 1-2 3, Gonzalez 4 0-0 9. Totals 22 7-13 57.
Oakmont (43)
Gong 3 0-0 6, Gavia 5 2-7 13, Ali 2 0-0 4, Kelch 7 2-5 19, Francis 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 5-14 43.

Christian Brothers  17  17  14   9 – 57
Oakmont                12  10  11 10 – 43

Three-point goals – Christian Brothers 6 (Valmores 2, Sandoval 2, Burch 1, Gonzalez 1), Oakmont 4 (Kelch 3, Gavia 1).