Oakmont girls have no seniors but plenty of heart

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Oakmont High School’s girls basketball team is small in numbers (nine on the roster) and size (its tallest player is 5 foot 8) but, as coach Al Voigt pointed out, “big in heart.”

“They play as a team. They work hard as a team,” he said. “They’re not afraid to get physical.”

The Vikings also are young. There are no seniors, just five juniors and four sophomores. Junior Brittany Martin and sophomores Olivia Francis and Emilee Gavia have varsity experience, and they can play.

Francis made three three-pointers and scored 13 of her 15 points during a scalding 23-4 run in the third quarter that saw Oakmont erase a nine-point halftime deficit on its way to a 48-34 victory at Center on Monday night in a Foundation Game.

Sophomore Sydney Sattelberg had nine points through three quarters. Junior Ashley Rominger drew a foul while scoring underneath and made the free throw to give Oakmont a 39-27 lead early in the fourth quarter. Junior Kelsey Caudill fought for a rebound and assisted Sattelberg for a layup that extended the Vikings’ lead to 43-30 with 4:18 remaining.

The hot finish was the opposite of Oakmont’s cold start, which included deficits of 9-0 and 23-13 at halftime.

“They’re very unselfish, sometimes too unselfish,” Voigt said. “We make the extra pass. Sometimes, we get a nice layup. Sometimes, we turn it over. So, we’re going to have to play hard in the post, get position, force them away from the basket.”

Oakmont will be host to the 38th annual Oakmont Roseville Rotary Tournament from Thursday through Dec. 10. The Vikings will open against Mesa Verde at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Roseville will play Elk Grove-Franklin at 8 p.m.