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Pioneer depth sinks Lakeridge

Oregon City girls force 37 turnovers en route to a 69-57 victory

LAKE OSWEGO - The third-ranked Oregon City Pioneers were a bit off their game on Friday, but they still got it done, winning 69-57 against an upset-minded team from Lakeridge.

'It was typical of a Friday game played after a big, emotional game played on a Tuesday,' said Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf. 'We were a little sloppy. But I've got to give Lakeridge credit. They played the best I've seen them play in a long time.'

Guelsdorf said his Pioneers committed 26 turnovers and 'we missed 13 lay-ins.'

But the Pioneers used depth and defensive play to put the Pacers away.

While the Pacers went with their starters most of the way, Guelsdorf gave 13 players playing time.

And the Pioneers were relentless on defense, forcing 37 turnovers.

After a slow start, the Pioneers had the game in hand, leading 42-28 at halftime. They upped the gap to 23 points before Guelsdorf turned the play over to reserves.

Junior post Calli Jackson (16 points) led four Oregon City players who reached double figures in scoring, cashing in on 7-of-10 shots from the floor.

Brittany Knighton (15 points), Melair Holterhoff (12 points) and Lindsey Shearer (11 points) joined Jackson in double figures.

Holterhoff headed the defensive effort with five steals.

Kenna Borgmeier sparked the offense with eight assists.

Lauren Joyce, a 5-8 senior wing, paced the Pacers with a game-high 23 points.

The Pioneers (10-2, 3-0) host North Salem in a non-league game on Friday. They return home a week from Friday when they entertain Lake Oswego (5-8, 1-1).