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Lady Lions get team effort in win over Mustangs

If you're looking to get the bad taste of a difficult loss out of your mouth, Milwaukie is generally a pretty good remedy. After putting forth one of their poorer efforts of the season against Oregon City, the West Linn girls' basketball team rallied with a convincing 74-31 victory over the Mustangs in which everyone who was suited up scored for the Lions.

West Linn opened the game on a quarter-long 25-5 run and never slowed down from there.

The Lions were lifted by the return of point guard Rosetta Adzasu, who had 10 points, seven assists, six rebounds and six steals in the game. West Linn also got a boost from guard Britt May who saw her first significant action since being cleared to play following a knee injury.

'Getting Britt back is huge. Her timing is still a bit off but her court awareness is there,' coach Glen Lee said.

The Lions dominated all aspects of the game. They forced 30 turnovers and were particularly impressive in the paint.

Post Sam Dewart only played for a quarter and a half but, in that time, she poured in a game-high 14 points.

West Linn took a 25-point lead at the half and the team was then challenged to keep up its intensity after the break.

'I told the girls to keep executing and they responded. These games where you're expected to win can be tough sometimes in terms of keeping your focus,' Lee said.

The Lions' posts continued to give Milwaukie fits. Freshman Amy Christensen scored six of her 12 points in the third quarter as the Lions extended their lead.

West Linn held Milwaukie to 28.6% shooting from the field and seven of the Mustangs' field goals were three-pointers as the hosts were forced to settle for jump shots for much of the game.

The victory gets the Lions back in the win column heading into a crucial stretch of the season. On Friday West Linn takes on Clackamas, a team which was been consistently ranked in the top-five this season and that is currently in a three-team tie for second place with the Lions in league.

'It will be interesting. There's kind of a logjam right now and we're hoping to create some separation,' Lee said.

The Cavaliers are an athletic squad with few weaknesses and are led by their standout point guard. The battle between her and Adzasu should one of the keys to the game.

West Linn hosts Clackamas at 7:15 p.m. and it is a Night with Lions game, meaning free admission will be granted to youth players wearing their jerseys.

Game scoring

West Linn 25 13 23 13: 74

Milwaukie 5 8 10 8: 31

West Linn:

Sam Dewart 14, Christensen 12, Wattman-Turner 10, Adzasu 10, Pittenger 7, Schumaker 4, Kolasinski 4, Stuart 4, Joscelyn 4, Maleike 3, May 2.

Milwaukie:

Haley Lawrence 13, Kanalz 11, Malchow 2, Shafer 2, Dixon 2, Doyle 1, Morehouse, Bobbitt, Miner, Hayzlett, Kaine, Meads.