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Oakmont girls go 3-0 for the week, win close one, blowout

By: Staff reports
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Oakmont High School’s girls basketball team will ride a 3-0 week into Christmas weekend. The Vikings defeated visiting Liberty Ranch 57-53 on Tuesday night, blew out host Elk Grove 54-35 on Wednesday and beat visiting San Juan 60-48 on Thursday.

Oakmont (6-4) came together without injured sophomore Emilee Gavia. All eight Vikings players scored and rebounded against Elk Grove, and six had at least one assist.

The Vikings went crosscourt and back door “three or four times in a row,” according to coach Al Voigt, and led 25-14 at halftime.

Ashley Rominger led Oakmont with 11 points against Elk Grove, one night after scoring 26 against Liberty Ranch, and Sydney Sattelberg had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Kendra Barnhard had nine rebounds and seven points, and Kelsey Caudill had seven points, six rebounds, four assists and what Voigt described as a “huge” steal in the third quarter.

On Tuesday, Oakmont used a 10-1 run to open a 10-point lead in the second period, and Olivia Francis scored nine of her 11 points in the first half.

Rominger scored 18 points in the second half, including 12 in the fourth quarter.

“It was great to see Ashley have a breakout game,” Voigt said.

Caudill grabbed seven rebounds and Bianca Aibuedefe six for Oakmont, and Lexie Morgan was big on defense both nights.

Gavia returned Thursday scored 10 points against San Juan. Rominger led the Vikings with 13 points.

Oakmont trailed San Juan (10-2) 23-7 early and 33-20 at halftime but went on a 19-2 run in the third quarter. Rominger made two technical foul shots when San Juan had too many players on the court, and Barnhard shut down the Spartans’ leading scorer.

Help defense by Francis and Aibuedefe, and two three-pointers by Brittany Martin led the Vikings to the victory. Sattelberg had nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Martin and Gavia each had four assists.

“The team really came together in this one,” Voigt said. “We went nine deep in every statistical and intangible category, and that was the difference.”

Woodcreek 58, Christian Brothers 50 — Fia Hoskinson led a balanced attack with 14 points as the Timberwolves won their opener in the Lady Trojan Toss-Up Tournament at Oak Ridge. Kayla Gardner scored 11 points, Samantha Gonzalez 10, Liz Gehweiler nine and Destiny Standifer eight for Woodcreek.

Boys

Roseville 78, Woodland 33 — The Tigers scored 57 points in the middle two quarters and had five players score in double figures in rolling over the Wolves on Tuesday.

Cole Jacobs led Roseville with 17 points. Marcus Garcia scored 16, Brandon Butler and Andrew Schmidt 13 each and Daniel Rios 10.

Roseville (7-8) lost at River Valley 55-51 on Thursday. Rios scored 12 points, Jacobs 11 and Schmidt 10. The Tigers led by 12 in the second quarter, but River Valley controlled the boards and earned several second-shot opportunities in its comeback victory.

Granite Bay 67, Fairfield 59 — Scott Romuk scored 18 points and Daniel Romero 17, and the Grizzlies (7-6) used a big third quarter to pull away from a 31-31 halftime tie. Nate Brillington scored 14 for Granite Bay.

Antelope 61, Woodcreek 45 — Tyler Milani scored 17 points and Nick Howe 12, but the Timberwolves (4-8) were outscored by the Titans (10-1) 31-12 in the middle two quarters.

JV boys

Valley Christian wins twice — The Lions (7-3) defeated Forest Lake Christian 70-67 and Victory Christian 56-41.

Hunter Fenn made five late free throws, Zach Sween made four, and Micah Gunter hit three three-pointers to lift Valley Christian against Forest Lake. Sween scored 19 points, Fenn 15 and Gunter 12.

Sween also led the Lions with 16 points against Victory Christian on Thursday, and Forest Ryan scored 10.