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Hatch bounces back, leads LO to 50-39 win

GIRLS BASKETBALL: The Laker center rebounds from an injury to score 14 points

LAKE OSWEGO - Lake Oswego senior center Emily Hatch didn't seem to miss a beat after being sidelined for four games with a bruised lower back. Hatch returned to action Friday for her team's Three Rivers League opener against Clackamas and she led all scorers with 14 points as the Lakers registered a 50-39 victory.

The Lakers (9-2) never trailed in the contest. In fact, they threatened to blow the game wide open after jumping to a 10-0 lead and then a 18-4 advantage by the end of the first quarter. After Hatch picked up two easy rebound baskets early in the second period, the Lakers had pushed their lead to 24-7.

Then a five-point spurt at the end of the quarter, which included a basket by Hatch and three points by Jill Shoquist, gave the Lakers a 31-13 lead at halftime. But Lake Oswego looked ragged in the third quarter, when the home team scored just five points. That left the door wide open for a Clackamas comeback, but the Cavs only scored 10 points in that period and eight of them came at the foul line.

The Lakers regrouped momentarily when they scored the first six points of the final stanza, which pushed their lead to 42-23. Clackamas then out-scored Lake Oswego 16-8 the remainder of the way.

That included a 6 of 7 effort from the foul line for the Cavs. It wasn't enough, though, as the Cavs had too much ground to make up and not enough time to do it. Hatch, who scored 12 of 14 points in the first 17 minutes of the game, was the only player in the contest to score in double figures. Maragret Johnson, the Lakers' leading scorer during the season, added eight points to her team 's cause while Shoquist had seven and Sarah Griffin and Ali Lomax added six each.

Monica Strous and Becky Buhler led the Cavs with eight points apiece while Natalie Clements added seven.