Pacer girls play Cavs tough to end season
The Lakeridge girls basketball team closed out its season with an inspired effort against one of the state's best teams last week.
The Pacers took on Clackamas at home in a game with playoff implications for the Cavaliers.
Interestingly, Clackamas might have been better off losing the game because, after winning a coin toss over West Linn, the Cavaliers will now likely have to travel to No. 1 Southridge in the second round of the playoffs.
However, Clackamas still came out intent on knocking off the Pacers.
Lakeridge trailed by eight points at the half but played the Cavaliers evenly for the rest of the game, coming up short in a 58-49 loss.
The Pacers have matched up well with Clackamas this season, playing two solid games against a team that has been ranked in the top-10 for the entire season.
Lakeridge lost an earlier contest to the Cavaliers by 10 points.
Clackamas got off to a quick start as the fast-paced team outscored Lakeridge 16-10 in the opening quarter.
The Cavaliers extended that lead to 27-19 at the half but the Pacers were determined not to let the game get out of hand in the second half.
Lakeridge has been hampered by injuries in recent games and was playing without the services of Lexi Ross in the team's last game.
However, junior Kayla Glanville filled the void with one of her better games of the year.
Glanville scored a team-high 18 points in the game and also made her presence known on the boards.
She led three Pacers in double figures as seniors Kai Schmidt and Courtney Bird had 12 and 10 points respectively.
Lakeridge actually cut the lead to six points heading into the final quarter but Clackamas responded and was able to grind out a tough victory.
The Pacers finished the year 10-14 and 4-8 in league, good enough for fifth place.
The team will lose four seniors heading into next year. Leading scorer Schmidt will be gone as well as post Kiersten McNairy as well as Lauren Joyce and Riley Costello.
However, there is still a young and athletic core intact. Ross and Glanville will return along with point guard Bird, Emily Dungey, Zoe Teton and Andrea Hopkins.