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Pacers look strong, win three games

by: VERN UYETAKE, 
Lakeridge’s Sam Schulte, above, goes up for a lay-in during the Pacers’ 63-40 victory over Liberty on Tuesday.

The Lakeridge girls put together a solid four games at the Interstate Shootout going 3-1 only losing to a strong South Eugene team in the second round.

The Pacers opened up the tournament with a 58-45 win over Glencoe. After a slow start by both teams that saw Lakeridge take an early 6-5 lead, Glencoe rallied to take a three-point advantage into the half.

But, out of the locker room, Lakeridge exploded, outscoring Glencoe by 15 in the period to seize control of the game.

Kayla Glanville led Lakeridge with 17 points and freshman Kyleigh Young added 14 in the effort.

That helped the Pacers advance in the winner's bracket and set up the team's game against South Eugene.

Lakeridge put up a good fight against a team that proved to be one of the best in the tournament but ultimately fell 55-43, giving the Axemen one of their best games of the tournament.

Then, in consolation, Lakeridge took on South Medford. After battling back and forth for the first quarter, the Pacers took control of the game with a 19-point outburst in the second quarter and held on for the 64-55 victory.

Lexi Ross led Lakeridge with 10 points while Glanville poured in 18 as the Pacer enjoyed a solid advantage in the paint for much of the game.

Then, on the tournament's final day, Lakeridge took on Liberty, another 2-1 team. The Pacers used their fast-paced style to break an early press by the Falcons and turned an early lead into a 63-40 win to cap a solid tournament.

The Pacers broke down the Falcons pressure early on leading to a number of easy hoops. Courtney Bird had eight points in the first quarter as the Pacers jumped out to a 21-13 lead.

Lakeridge put the game away in the third quarter. Glanville knocked down her first three shots in the stanza and Lakeridge held Liberty to just four points in the quarter and took a 48-31 lead into the fourth quarter.

It was a strong tournament for Lakeridge and the team will look to build momentum against South Salem on Saturday before opening league play against Milwaukie.