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Girls teams pick up victories at Shootout

by: matthew sherman

Lakeridge's Ellee Daskalos, pictured, looks to get off a clean shot against Tualatin in the Pacers' opener at the Interstate Shootout on Tuesday. The Pacers lost to the Timberwolves 57-49 but rebounded on Wednesday morning in the consolation bracket, taking down Sherwood 69-43. Lakeridge played both games at 8:30 a.m. and simply couldn't find its shooting touch against Tualatin. Lakeridge actually jumped out to an early 10-3 advantage but Tualatin dominated from that point on. The Timberwolves dominated on the glass, leading to easy second-chance points and built a 16-point lead as Lakeridge couldn't buy a basket from the outside. The Pacers closed the game on a late flurry, getting three-pointers from Colleen Ellis and Ruby Taylor but it was too little too late. Against Sherwood, the Pacers found their shooting touch, putting the Lady Bowmen in an early hole and cruising to a victory. Lakeridge plays again at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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Lake Oswego's Allie Binns starts a drive against Jefferson on Tuesday. The Lakers put on a defensive clinic to open the Interstate Shootout, rolling to a 56-12 victory. Defense has been a strength for the Lakers early in the season as they improved to 6-2 and took on Pendleton on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Les Schwab Bracket.