CLACKAMAS - The Lake Oswego girls basketball team kept its unbeaten league record intact, but the Lakers had to weather a big second-half comeback to earn a 61-51 victory over Clackamas on Friday.
The Lakers played one of their better first halves of the season, especially on defense, as they jumped to a 29-12 halftime lead. But the second half was a much different story.
The third quarter was especially bumpy for the Lakers, who had difficulty just getting the ball across mid-court against the Cavaliers' full-court press. Clackamas took advantage with a 13-6 run that trimmed Lake Oswego's lead to 39-29 after three quarters. Becky Buhler, who had a game-high 18 points, and Alisha Griggs combined for 10 of those points.
The Lakers had considerably more luck against Clackamas' press in the fourth quarter, which led to some easy trips to the basket and a 49-35 lead with 4:19 left in the contest. But the Cavs still had one more run left in them.
That run started with a long jumper by Brooklyn Humble and a pair of free throws by Buhler, which cut Lake Oswego's lead to 49-39. The Cavs then hit a three-pointers on their next three possessions, including two by Buhler and one by Cameryn Calhoun, to cut the deficit to 53-48 with 2:28 left.
But that was as close as the Cavs would get. The Lakers answered on their next trip with a three-point play by Ali Lomax and Lake Oswego's lead was back to eight (56-48). Clackamas then missed three of its last five shot attempts. All Lake Oswego had to do was hit 5 of 10 free throws in the final 68 seconds to ice the victory.
Lake Oswego hit 14 of 21 foul shots in the fourth quarter. That effort came one week after the Lakers hit 22 of 24 fourth-quarter foul shots in a 10-point victory over Oregon City.
Margaret Johnson wound up as Lake Oswego's leading scorer with 13 points while Lomax had 12 and Jill Shoquist added 10.