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Oregon City rolls over Lakeridge

GIRLS BAKSKETBALL: Kelly Marchant racks up 20 points, 6 from three-point land

Apparently, the Oregon City girls basketball team is still paying Lakeridge back for a loss the Pioneers suffered against the Pacers two years ago.

Since that eight-point loss to Lakeridge in January 2005, the Pioneers have had very little trouble beating the Pacers and Friday night's match-up was no exception as the Pioneers rolled to a lopsided 75-40 victory.

Lakeridge managed to keep Friday's game interesting for about four minutes, at which point Oregon City led 7-3. But the rest of the game belonged solely to the Pioneers, who then went on a 13-2 run to blow the game wide open.

The Pacers did stem the tide momentarily with a 9-5 run of their own. That cut Oregon City's lead to 25-14 with 4:17 left in the second quarter. The Pioneers then reeled off 13 unanswered points, which made the score 38-14 at halftime.

Lakeridge hurt its cause by committing 18 first-half turnovers (nine in each quarter). The Pacers then added 11 more miscues in the second half as Oregon City methodically widened its margin.

The Pioneers' Kelly Marchant led all scorers with 20 points, which included a trio of three-pointers. Oregon City wound up with 10 threes for the night and 13 players scored at least one basket. The Pioneers' winning effort included six points by senior point guard Paige Halberg, who transferred from Lakeridge after her sophomore season.

That year she played a key role in helping Lakeridge knock off the Pioneers, the first time the Pacers had managed that feat in seven years. Kiersten McNairy and Kai Schmidt each scored 13 points to lead Lakeridge in Friday's game. All of Schmidt's points came in the second half, including 11 in succession and nine of them were on three-pointers.