Lakers beat pacers 60-30 on the road to the league title

The Lake Oswego girls continued their assault on the Three Rivers League on Friday, turning in a stifling defensive effort to top crosstown rival Lakeridge 60-30.

The Lakers used their superior size to outmuscle the Pacers on the boards and their stifling half-court defense yielded very few open shots for Lakeridge.

After a somewhat slow start in which the Pacers played even with second-ranked Lake Oswego, the Lakers pulled away in the second stanza. Lake Oswego held their opponents scoreless until the final seconds of the period and built a 10-point lead at the half.

Lakeridge's Kai Schmidt hit a three-pointer at the end of the first two quarter to keep her team within striking distance. The hard-nosed defense continued after the break and the play of Ali Lomax epitomized Lake Oswego's effort. The senior tallied four steals in the third quarter.

The defensive specialist also had 12 points in the game to lead her team. The Lakers pushed the lead to 15 points entering the final quarter and then turned on the afterburners.

Lake Oswego continued to dominate the glass and pushed the pace more than it had earlier in the contest. The result was a number of easy baskets as the Lakers coasted to victory.

Next up for Lake Oswego is a huge showdown on the road against Oregon City. The Lakers knocked off the Pioneers earlier in the year and another victory would clinch the league title.

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