Joe Davidson

There are no stars for Oak Ridge girls basketball team in its shining season

Oak Ridge’s Isamar Conde, right, battles Pleasant Grove’s Kim Schmelz for control of the ball during last seasons CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships in Stockton. Oak Ridge, seeded No. 2 opposite No. 1 St. Mary’s of Stockton, target their seventh trip to a section championship game in eight seasons and second successive trip to the Division I finals.
Oak Ridge’s Isamar Conde, right, battles Pleasant Grove’s Kim Schmelz for control of the ball during last seasons CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships in Stockton. Oak Ridge, seeded No. 2 opposite No. 1 St. Mary’s of Stockton, target their seventh trip to a section championship game in eight seasons and second successive trip to the Division I finals. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

The star power for Oak Ridge High’s girls basketball team can only be found in the entryway of the school’s sparkling, remodeled gym.

In the trophy case, mementos of past championship seasons are on display, none more striking than the 2010 CIF State Division I championship team led by guard Sara James, who went on to play at Stanford.

This season, coach Steve White has achieved success in El Dorado Hills on the strength of a simple plan: teamwork, togetherness and defense. There are no stars on a roster full of talent for Oak Ridge (23-3), which is unbeaten against Northern California competition this season and unscathed in 2015. The Trojans will take a 12-game winning streak into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that start Tuesday against visiting Bear Creek of Stockton.

The Trojans, seeded No. 2 opposite No. 1 St. Mary’s of Stockton, target their seventh trip to a section championship game in eight seasons and second successive trip to the Division I finals. With White, the Trojans have won three section titles in six appearances to go with 11 league championships.

“We’ve really come along nicely as a team this season, without any superstars,” said White, who is in his 20th season. “We play really well together, working hard, working together. That’s been the secret to our success for a long time, getting everyone to buy into team basketball, moving the ball, team defense, not worrying about who gets points.”

Oak Ridge is solidified by seniors Grace Derksen, Isamar Conde and Shelby Peters, junior Briana Dulgar and freshmen Kassidy DeLapp and Hailey McCoy.

The junior varsity is 24-0 under Annie Lamy and her husband, Greg Lamy. Their daughter Skye Lamy is a sophomore guard on the varsity.

“We’re really proud of the culture we have here,” White said, not only of his program’s success but the school’s long history of excellence in all areas. “We’ve been in the top 10 academically in the state. Our band and our choir have won competitions, and the performing arts have been excellent. The kids do a good job with community outreach. It’s been a great time.”

White’s goals were modest when he arrived at Oak Ridge.

“We just wanted to win the league, and now the goal is to get into the NorCal tournament and make a run to the state championship,” White said.

CBS uprising – If there’s a dark horse in the girls’ D-III field, it’s Christian Brothers. Seeded eighth after winning the Capital Athletic League at 10-0, CBS is led by senior Kira McKechnie. She is averaging 13.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots.

CBS opens Tuesday against El Dorado, which went 10-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference behind a balanced offense led by Kylie Haverson, Samantha Klinkenborg, Faith Wilson and Kayla Cotten. None is a senior.

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GIRLS SCHEDULE

FIRST ROUND

Today (all games at 7 p.m.)

DIVISION I

No. 16 Merced at No. 1 St. Mary’s

No. 9 Bella Vista at No. 8 St. Francis

No. 12 Folsom at No. 5 Lincoln-Stockton

No. 13 Lodi at No. 4 Davis

No. 14 Enochs at No. 3 McClatchy

No. 11 Nevada Union at No. 6 Pleasant Grove

No. 10 River City at No. 7 Napa

No. 15 Bear Creek at No. 2 Oak Ridge

DIVISION II

No. 16 McNair at No. 1 Modesto Christian

No. 9 Vacaville at No. 8 Bethel

No. 12 Cordova at No. 5 Whitney

No. 13 Rodriguez at No. 4 Del Oro

No. 14 Buhach Colony at No. 3 Kimball

No. 11 Ponderosa at No. 11 Sacramento

No. 10 Elk Grove at No. 7 Golden Valley

No. 15 Beyer at No. 2 Antelope

DIVISION III

No. 16 Vista del Lago at No. 1 Vanden

No. 9 El Dorado at No. 8 Christian Brothers

No. 12 Rosemont at No. 5 Weston Ranch

No. 13 Lincoln at No. 4 Patterson

No. 14 El Camino at No. 3 Rio Linda

No. 11 East Union at No. 6 Placer

No. 10 Benicia at No. 7 Florin

No. 15 Central Valley at No. 2 Inderkum

DIVISION IV

No. 16 Linden at No. 1 Brookside Christian

No. 9 Livingston at No. 8 San Juan

No. 12 Hughson at No. 5 Excel Academy

No. 13 Foothill at No. 4 Dixon

No. 14 Ripon at No. 3 West Campus

No. 11 Highlands at No. 6 Colfax

No. 10 Riverbank at No. 7 Sonora

No. 15 Orestimba at No. 2 Bradshaw Christian

DIVISION V

No. 9 Holt Academy at No. 8 Rio Vista

No. 12 Mariposa vs. No. 5 Millennium

at Mountain House H.S.

No. 11 Western Sierra at No. 6 Gustine

No. 10 Delta Charter at No. 7 Forest Lake Chr.

First-round byes: No. 1 Woodland Christian, No. 2 Argonaut, No. 4 Ripon Christian, No. 3 Capital Christian

DIVISION VI

No. 8 Victory Christian at No. 1 Valley Christian

No. 5 Stockton Christian at No. 4 Sac Adventist

No. 6 Lodi Academy at No. 3 Sacramento Waldorf

No. 10 Freedom Christian vs. No. 2 Turlock Christian at Calvary Baptist Church


BOYS SCHEDULE

FIRST ROUND

Wednesday (all games at 7 p.m.)

DIVISION I

No. 16 Tokay at No. 1 Folsom

No. 9 Granite Bay at No. 8 Jesuit

No. 12 Monterey Trail at No. 5 Kennedy

No. 13 Tracy at No. 4 Pleasant Grove

No. 14 Chavez at No. 3 Woodcreek

No. 11 River City at No. 6 Franklin

No. 10 Bella Vista at No. 7 Oak Ridge

No. 15 Turlock at No. 2 Sheldon

DIVISION II

No. 16 Vacaville at No. 1 Sacramento

No. 9 Rocklin at No. 8 Del Campo

No. 12 Burbank at No. 5 Beyer

No. 13 Bethel at No. 4 Cosumnes Oaks

No. 14 Rodriguez at No. 3 St. Mary’s

No. 11 Bear Creek at No. 6 Antelope

No. 10 Elk Grove at No. 7 Whitney

No. 15 Ponderosa at No. 2 Modesto Christian

DIVISION III

No. 16 Patterson at No. 1 Christian Brothers

No. 9 Weston Ranch at No. 8 Central Valley

No. 12 Lincoln at No. 5 Manteca

No. 13 Rio Americano at No. 4 Cordova

No. 14 Fairfield at No. 3 Sierra

No. 11 Vallejo at No. 6 Florin

No. 10 Vista del Lago at No. 7 Placer

No. 17 Ceres at No. 2 Vanden

DIVISION IV

No. 16 San Juan at No. 1 Capital Christian

No. 9 Union Mine at No. 8 Sonora

No. 12 Mesa Verde at No. 5 Calaveras

No. 13 Ripon at No. 4 Marysville

No. 14 Dixon at No. 3 Foothill

No. 11 Summerville at No. 6 West Campus

No. 10 Natomas at No. 7 Central Catholic

No. 18 Highlands at No. 2 Liberty Ranch

DIVISION V

No. 9 Buckingham at No. 8 Forest Lake Christian

No. 13 Western Sierra vs. No. 4 Elliott Christian at Tokay H.S.

No. 12 Le Grand at No. 5 Argonaut

No. 14 Hughes Academy at No. 3 Mariposa

No. 11 Delta Charter vs. No. 6 Millennium at Mountain House H.S.

No. 10 Foresthill at No. 7 Bradshaw Christian

First-round byes: No. 1 Ripon Christian, No. 2 Brookside Christian

DIVISION VI

No. 9 Faith Christian at No. 1 Sac Country Day

No. 5 Victory Christian vs. No. 4 Turlock Christian at Calvary Baptist Church

No. 6 New Life Christian at No. 3 Sac Adventist

No. 7 Stockton Christian at No. 2 Valley Christian

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