High school girls basketball

Turnovers doom Oakmont in CVC opener

Valley Christian wins its first four in SMAL
By: Brett Ransford
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A strong preseason didn’t carry over to the Capital Valley Conference opener for Oakmont High School’s girls basketball team, as the Vikings lost to visiting Christian Brothers 88-48 Friday night.

As turnovers went so did the deficit from early in the first quarter. The Vikings (14-4 overall, 0-1 CVC) committed 13 turnovers in the first eight minutes and trailed by 26 at halftime.

Oakmont also had offensive woes and was held to fewer than 15 points in all but the third quarter. Free-throw shooting was of concern for the Vikings, who made 9 of 18. They also made just 7 of 29 three-point attempts.

“We were rushing too much on our press break and not being smart with the ball. We just have to keep our head up,” said Brittany Martin, who led the Vikings with 12 points. “We still have another chance at Christian Brothers.”

Oakmont has four CVC games before it gets another shot at Christian Brothers on Jan. 29, starting Wednesday night at Bella Vista (12-6, 1-0).

Olivia Francis scored eight points and Sydney Sattelberg six for Oakmont, which hopes to improve upon last season’s 5-5 record in the CVC and first-round loss to Fairfield-Vanden in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.

“We’re more committed this year, we’re more focused, and we’re all working really hard to do that,” Martin said. “We’ve been winning lately, so this loss kind of hurts, but we’ll come back, shake it off and work harder.”

VCA on a roll — Valley Christian went 2-9 in nonleague games, but no one has been able to stop the Lady Lions in the Sacramento Metro Athletic League.

Valley Christian defeated Elk Grove-Lutheran 68-36 on Tuesday night to improve to 6-9 overall and 4-0 in the SMAL. The Lady Lions opened league with a 74-28 blowout over Wilton Christian and followed by beating Sacramento Country Day 59-55 and Vacaville-Buckingham Charter 62-30.

Lily Hagerty scored 33 points against Country Day, 21 against Lutheran and 20 against Wilton Christian. Erika Lyon totaled 63 points in the four games, an average of 15.8 per game. Both are sophomores. Junior Grace Magni had two 14-point games.

Also, Seraiah Tyller, a 6-foot-4 freshman, scored 10 points against Wilton Christian.

“We are still a young team so we had a rough preseason, but it was mostly Division III and IV teams,” Valley Christian coach Kim Contreras said. “(We’re) looking to improve our inside game while continuing our outside shooting.”

Granite Bay 65, Roseville 32 — Sophomore Annie Wright had a double double with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Grizzlies (11-8, 1-0 SFL) in an SFL opener on Jan. 11. Freshman Daeja Black scored 13 points and junior Jennifer Manduca 10 for Granite Bay.

Senior Marrisa Dumford led the Tigers (3-14, 0-1) with 12 points. Senior Ashley Jenkins and junior Lindsay Anderson grabbed 10 rebounds each.

Roseville plays host to Woodcreek at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and Granite Bay is host to Del Oro.

Press Tribune staff reports contributed to this story.