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Spirited rallies not enough as Laker girls lose playoff opener

There were a few times during Wednesday's opening round playoff game at Reynolds when it looked like there would be no way that Lake Oswego would have a chance to win with 90 seconds to play.

However, the Lakers overcame two nine-point deficits and held a lead midway through the fourth quarter before eventually coming up just short in a heartbreaking 50-40 loss to the Raiders.

Lake Oswego trailed 13-4 in the first quarter and 22-13 in the second but rallied to eventually take a six-point lead in the third period.

However, Reynolds bounced back with some clutch shooting and turnovers plagued the Lakers all night. Eventually, Lake Oswego trailed by three points with under two minutes to play. Shannon Reader received the ball in the paint, turned and scored while a whistle was blown. But instead of a three-point play opportunity to tie the game, Reader was whistled for an offensive foul on a call that drastically changed the momentum in the contest.

Reynolds knocked down free throws to seal the victory and end the Lakers' season. Lake Oswego got 23 points and eight rebounds from Becky Luetjen and seven points and 10 rebounds from Reader in the two seniors' final game.