Vikings can't cash in on opportunities against Rosemont

By: Staff Report
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Coming off of an emotional win over Rio Linda on Saturday, the Oakmont High girls basketball team came out flat Monday against a fired up Rosemont team. The Vikings failed to get anything going as they came up short 44-33. In the first quarter, Oakmont had plenty of chances, but missed layups and put-backs and failing to convert 8-of-12 free throws left the Vikings down 16-6 after the first eight minutes. “The girls felt they could just turn it on like Saturday and Rosemont would collapse,” said Oakmont coach Al Voigt. “That didn’t happen as we could only trim one point off the margin by the half.” The pattern of consistent foul trouble and lack of player availability continued for Oakmont in this contest. Haylee Finnerty played in her first game after battling a prolonged illness and Pauline Parker still remains on the sidelines. Brianna Morin took a shot to the head and Meghan Riley could only contribute limited minutes Monday night as Voigt continued to work short-handed. “When Oakmont ran its offense, they got plenty of back door layups or open shots, “ Voigt said, “but they only executed a set offense a handful of times all night. The Vikings reverted back to making the same old mistakes – running without numbers, forcing the ball inside and picking up unnecessary fouls.” The Vikings cut the lead to three at one point, but could not get over the top and eventually stalled out in losing by 11 points. Jessica Scott had another solid night, leading the Vikings with 11 points. Sabrina Ali added eight and Gina Spino supplied the intensity at both ends, playing great defense and attacking the boards. “Tonight was hopefully our wakeup call,” Voigt said. “When we show up prepared and ready to compete mentally and physically for all 32 minutes, we should be able to give any opponent a tough time.”