Girls TRL basketball
Lake Oswego's Ali Lomax has long been known for her hard-nose defensive play, but now she's making a name for herself on offense as well.
Lomax had a game-high 18 points Friday night to lead the fifth-ranked Lakers to a 55-40 victory over cross-town rival Lakeridge. When these two rivals meet, both teams always seem to step their intensity up a notch and Friday night's contest was no exception.
However, the squads were so hyped up that it seemed to affect their play in the early going. It took the Lakers more than a quarter to settle down and that helped the Pacers jump to an 11-6 lead.
The margin probably could have been even larger if Lakeridge had been able to hit more than two outside shots during that stretch.
Then, after committing a turnover for every point they scored, the Lakers began to heat up about two minutes into the second period. They took the lead for good, at 14-11, with a string of eight unanswered points, including four by Lomax. By intermission, Lake Oswego had a 21-16 lead, thanks partly to an eight-point first half by Becky Luetjen.
Then, after scoring just four points in the first half, Lomax took over in the third. She started the period with a rebound basket and followed a short time later with a three-pointer that gave Lake Oswego a 26-16 lead.
After a pair of free throws by the Pacers' Kai Schmidt, who lead her team with 12 points, Lomax scored again and teammate Emily Hatch followed with a rebound basket to put the Lakers ahead 30-18. The game nearly turned into a blowout after the Lakers scored 11 unanswered points to push their lead to 45-25 early in the fourth quarter.
But the Pacers made the score respectable when they tallied 10 of the game's final 14 points. Lomax and Schmidt wound up being the players in double figures.
But Luetjen and teammate Avery Lee each had nine points for the winners while Catherine Bergeron had the same total for Lakeridge. The victory improved Lake Oswego's record to 12-2 for the season and 4-0 in the Three Rivers League. Lakeridge dropped to 4-10 and 0-3.