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20-point game from Lakers Childs keys win

by: Vern Uyetake, 
Becky Luetjen draws contact from Lakeridge’s Kiersten McNairy on Friday. Luetjen scored 12 of her 13 points in the second half of Lake Oswego’s win.

The Laker girls had been looking for a breakthrough win all season and a 10-point victory against a cross-town rival that should vie for a playoff berth definitely fits that bill.

In a well-played game by both teams, Lake Oswego dramatically cut down on the turnovers which have plagued the team this year and got big contributions from its role players in the 61-51 win.

Up to this point, the Lakers have been primarily a two-person team on offense with Becky Luetjen and Shannon Reader carrying the bulk of the load.

However, Kate Childs stole the show on Friday, pouring in 20 points to key the team's best shooting night of the year. Lake Oswego also received some heroics from 6'5 Brandy Herald and freshman Kendall Prince, who wasn't even listed on the rosters handed out at the game.

'That's what happens when these two teams play. You throw out scouting reports and you just play the game,' Laker coach Paula Pietrok said.

The Lakers jumped out to a quick lead as Childs knocked down a pair of three-pointers. She had eight points in the first quarter as Lake Oswego opened on a 13-2 run.

'That was exciting. We've been working on outside shooting and it felt good,' Childs said.

But Lakeridge rallied. Kayla Glanville scored the Pacers' first five points for her team and Courtney Bird and Kai Schmidt each hit a shot from behind the arc to key a 14-3 Lakeridge run that extended into the second quarter.

Aside from another three-pointer by Childs, Lake Oswego struggled shooting the ball outside and Luetjen struggled to finish on her drives to the hoop amidst physical pressure from the Pacers.

'We wanted to make sure that Both Becky and Reader didn't get their points,' Pacer coach Mike Melin said.

Lakeridge did a terrific job on the boards in the second quarter and ended up taking a 24-20 lead at the half.

'We played a great second quarter and did well to battle back,' Melin said.

After the break, Simone Sullivan knocked down a pair of jumpers for Lake Oswego and Glanville picked up her fourth foul for Lakeridge.

Luetjen, the Lakers' top scorer, finally tallied her first field goal of the game and was fouled on the shot to cut the lead to one.

Bird knocked down a big three-pointer for Lakeridge to up the Pacers' lead but Lake Oswego took the lead and momentum when Prince hit a huge three-pointer for the Lakers.

'Kendall came in because my other two point guards got into foul trouble. We thought we'd get two or three minutes out of her but you could just see her settling in and we decided to ride the game with her,' Pietrok said.

Herald also gave Lake Oswego a boost when she came in for Reader. Herald had four rebounds in the quarter. Sullivan hit a jumper at the buzzer for the Lakers to give them a 39-36 lead. She had six of her seven points in the period.

Lakeridge got some early momentum in the fourth quarter when Schmidt knocked down another three-pointer to give her team a 40-39 lead.

But that advantage was short-lived. The Lakers regained the lead and Childs hit two more three-pointers. Then Luetjen tallied a steal and a lay-up to bring Lake Oswego's lead to nine points.

'We had some unfortunate turnovers at key points and I thought Lake Oswego really played one of their best games,' Melin said.

Luetjen had 12 of her 13 points in the second half. Kiersten McNairy converted a big three-point play for the Pacers to keep them in contention but the Lakers were forced to foul and they opted to put Prince on the line.

The freshman knocked down four consecutive free throws to all but seal the game for Lake Oswego.

The Lakers picked a good time to put together their best game of the year and they will need a similar effort on Friday as they take on Oregon City.

'This definitely gives us some momentum. We came in wanting to get some separation (from Lakeridge),' Childs said.

Lakeridge will play Milwaukie, on Friday.