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Del Oro girls down Oakmont 77-44

Golden Eagles take home Oakmont Roseville Rotary Tournament title
By: Robbie Enos
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You live by the press and die by the press. Oakmont High School died, while Del Oro took the spoils.

Oakmont ran a tight press throughout the Oakmont Roseville Rotary Tournament championship game, and it created a plethora of open layups for the Lady Eagles in their 77-44 victory over the Lady Vikings on Saturday night. Post player Stephanie Geyer was the greatest benefactor, scoring a game-high 22 points while the team collected 21 assists.

“They kinda created our offense by pressing us,” Del Oro coach Mike Takayama said. “Once we threw over the top and got that first diagonal pass, that was kind of a layup drill.”

Geyer, Lauren Heyn and Mia Maglinte were named to the all-tournament team for Del Oro, along with Oakmont’s Olivia Francis, Brittany Martin and Sydney Sattelberg.

Things got out of hand early when Oakmont (6-1) failed to score a field goal. The score was 18-3 after the first quarter thanks to nine steals by the Eagles (6-1).

“They’re a good team, and they broke our press,” Oakmont coach Zachary Lovell said. “That’s our style, so we just have to take this as part of our learning curve. We’ve got to get better.”

The Vikings were dependent on the three-point shot, and they scored 20 points in the second period on five shots from downtown. But Del Oro kept pace and led 41-23 at halftime.

“It’s early, and we’re still learning how to play the top level of talent that’s around this area,” Lovell said. “Se did well considering our point and progression in the season. We’ll continue to get better.”

Takayama said he was impressed with the progress of his young guards. While the post is commanded by seniors Geyer and Natalie Sohn, juniors Maglinte and Libby Runte are the primary guards. Maglinte scored 17 points with five assists.

“Our guards a little behind in terms of the fact that our post players are the ones coming back from last year,” Takayama said. “And in terms of having to face teams that are in your face and press all the time, our guards are maturing at a rapid pace.”