Vikings crank it up on offense, defense, beat Bella Vista

By: Staff reports
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What started in practice Monday carried over to Tuesday night’s pregame talk and then to the court for the Oakmont High School girls basketball team.

The Vikings didn’t let up in a rugged defensive effort, owned the boards, ran on offense and knocked off visiting Bella Vista 56-42 to snap a four-game losing streak, including their first three Capital Valley Conference contests.

Oakmont (11-10 overall, 1-3 CVC) began running to counter the Broncos’ strong inside game and zone defense. Sydney Sattelberg scored all 17 of her points in the first half as the Vikings led 29-21 at the break.

Oakmont turned up its defensive effort again after Bella Vista (9-9, 2-2) scored on its first two possessions in the second half. Sattelberg, Lexie Morgan, Olivia Francis and Brittany Martin pressured Bella Vista’s guards.

Bianca Aibuedefe and Kelsey Caudill each grabbed eight rebounds, Emilee Gavia had five rebounds, and Martin took another charge to stop a fast break.

Bella Vista’s Teryn Jackson scored six of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, but three-pointers by Martin and Gavia and two free throws by Caudill sent Oakmont to the finish line.

“We tried to keep it simple: Go hard on every play, help each other on defense, put the team’s needs ahead of your own,” Vikings coach Al Voigt said. “It’s only one game, but it can be a very meaningful one if we can do the same thing the next time out.”

It was, and Oakmont did, defeating host Rio Linda 44-43 on Thursday, as Ashley Rominger scored inside and completed a three-point play to put the Vikings up by one with four seconds left. A layup by Gavia pulled the Vikings to 43-41 with under a minute to play.

Five of Oakmont’s first six baskets were three-pointers, including two each by Gavia and Caudill. Gavia led Oakmont with 16 points.

Martin, Francis and Sattelberg combined to hold All-CVC player Amber Huffines to nine points on one basket and seven free throws. The Vikings limited their turnovers to 11.

Rocklin 75, Granite Bay 32 — Jennifer Manduca scored 10 points and Katrina Reeves for the Grizzlies (5-15, 0-4 SFL) in their loss to the Thunder (11-10, 2-2). Granite Bay freshman Annie Wright grabbed eight rebounds.

JV boys

Roseville 69, Woodcreek 67 — Matt Tawlks of the Tigers (3-2 SFL) scored eight of his 28 points in overtime Thursday, outdueling Woodcreek’s Jimmy Lune, who scored 23.

“It was loud and crazy, but it felt awesome to beat a rival in a game like that,” Tawlks said.

Granite Bay 52, Del Oro 44 — Tony Ellison scored eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies on Thursday handed the Golden Eagles (19-3, 3-2) their second loss this week. Kendrick Jackson scored eight of his 14 points in the first quarter, and Aiden Naughton scored 10 points for Granite Bay, which also defeated Rocklin 66-51 on Tuesday.

Keenen Finney led Del Oro with 15 points, and Conner Drake made three three-pointers and scored 14 points.

Roseville 59, Del Oro 49 — Will White scored 10 consecutive points late in the fourth quarter to help the Tigers surprise the Golden Eagles on Tuesday. White finished with 12 points.

Matt Tawlks scored seven of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, including an exclamation-point steal and layup with 10 seconds left. Dillon Bortmas scored 10 points for Roseville.

The Roseville freshmen, led by Bryce Crouch, defeated Del Oro 49-46.

Valley Christian 77, Faith Christian 39 — The Lions took a 10-0 lead on their way to a blowout in a battle of SMAL unbeaten teams Tuesday. Valley Christian (14-6, 4-0) led 41-27 at halftime and 58-29 after three.

Hunter Fenn led the Lions with 17 points, Forest Ryan scored 16 and Zach Sween 10.

Oakmont 54, Casa Roble 31 — The Rams ran a sloppy offense in the final quarter, giving the Vikings plenty of opportunities to build a big lead and seal their second consecutive victory Wednesday.

JV girls

Del Oro 54, Woodcreek 49 — Trailing 48-37, the Golden Eagles came back to beat the Timberwolves on Wednesday. Del Oro took a 50-49 lead on a free throw by Taylor Cirksena with 55.6 seconds left.

Kate Pontillo scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the third period to lead the Golden Eagles. Mehr Virk led the Timberwolves with 17 points.