By Dave Tomczak
Local Sports Journal
With the way that the Oakridge Eagles girls were shooting on Tuesday night, it wouldn’t have mattered who they were playing.
Unfortunately for Orchard View, they happened to be in the same gym as the Eagles.
Host Oakridge hit seven 3-pointers, five in the first half, and rolled to a 52-10 nonconference win over the Cardinals.
“The way they shot tonight was unbelievable,” OV coach Rodney Walker said. “We started off pretty good then we missed some layups and then things got ugly really fast.”
Leading 6-2, the Eagles (4-0) rolled off the next 12 points to take a commanding 18-2 lead after one quarter.
Oakridge guards, Keyara Wiard and Morgan Giddings controlled the tempo, broke the Cardinals’ press and finished the opening quarter having scored all 18 of the Eagles’ points.
“We prepared and came out and did our job,” said Wiard, who finished with 24 points in three quarters. “(Orchard View’s) a good team. We just came out and played real well.”
After scoring 12 first quarter points, Wiard added eight more in the second quarter as the Eagles increased their lead to 36-6 by halftime.
The Cardinals pulled the press back to try and defend against Oakridge’s outside shooting in the latter stages of the second quarter, but it didn’t matter, as the Eagles hit five from long range.
“Our big start got (OV) on their heels,” Eagles coach Terry DeJonge said. “The girls moved the ball well and everyone was ready to go. The credit has to go to the girls and the focus they have.”
Turnovers and missed opportunities continued to haunt the Cardinals throughout the game and they managed only four more points, two in the third and fourth.
Meanwhile, Oakridge continued to put points on the board, with Kaycee Gillies scoring inside and Almanda Molton adding 3 from outside.
“The girls shot with confidence (today),” DeJonge said. “They were dialed in, they weren’t just throwing shots up there.”
Oakridge finished with an 18-5 advantage in field goals, and a 9-0 edge at the free-throw line.
Giddings finished the game with 13 points, Ashley Weaver had five assists, Gillies added six points and seven rebounds and Sam McGhan finished with four points and five rebounds.
Jayshonna Blackshire and Diamond McGee finished with four points each for Orchard View.
Oakridge 52, Orchard View 10ORCHARD VIEW
Diamond McGee 2 0-2 4, Jayshonna Blackshire 2 0-0 4, Damiah Tucker 0 0-2 0, Daeja Hill 1 0-0 2. Totals 5 0-4 10.
Keyara Wiard 8 5-6 24, Aliza Olsen 0 1-2 1, Sam Eely 0 1-2 1, Almanda Molter 1 0-0 3, Morgan Giddings 4 2-2 13, Sam McGhan 2 0-1 4, Kaycee Gillies 3 0-0 6. Totals 18 9-13 52.
Orchard View 2 4 2 2 – 10
Oakridge 18 18 13 3 – 52
Oakridge 18 18 13 3 – 52
3-pointers – Wiard (3), Giddings (3), Molter. Total fouls – Orchard View 13, Oakridge 6. Technicals – none. JV – Oakridge 41-25. A – 300.