by: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge's Michael Walker pulls up for a shot during Tuesday's victory over Glencoe. The Pacers have won three games in a row and also captured the Sandy tournament. The Lakeridge girls basketball team is off and running. After a narrow loss to Wilson in their opener, the Pacers have won three straight games and are putting up big numbers on offense in the process.

Coach Kevin Berry wanted his team to be even more fast-paced than last year and, so far, that's been the case with Lakeridge averaging nearly 80 shot attempts per game.

In the team's first two game every player who got onto the court also got into the scorebook.

Lakeridge put up wins against Franklin and Sandy and, on Tuesday, the Pacers rolled over Jefferson 66-38.

The Pacers simply out-ran the Democrats in a high-energy game, putting the contest away in the second half.

“It was definitely a track meet and we were definitely better prepared in our conditioning. They couldn't keep up with us in the second half,” Berry said.

Ruby Taylor led the way for Lakeridge with 21 points and, as expected, she has been a spark for the team.

“She's been playing some point guard and wing for us. When you leave her alone, she can drain shots from the outside and, on the fast break, she's tall and can score at the rim,” Berry said.

Hope Daskalos has also given Lakeridge a boost both with her outside shooting and with her defense.

The Pacers are steadily improving with each game and one of the squad's biggest bright spots has been with its rebounding. Last year, securing rebounds was one of the team's sticking points but Lakeridge has been pulling down nearly 20 offensive boards per game.

“It's good to see all of that pounding we've done in practice paying off,” Berry said.

Lakeridge will play South Albany this Friday and will take on Reynolds next week.

The Lakeridge boys have also won three straight games and they have done it in impressive fashion. After falling to a strong Southridge squad 66-60, Lakeridge hasn't been challenged in wins over Franklin, Sandy and Glencoe.

Against Glencoe on Tuesday, the Pacers put together a phenomenal second quarter, outscoring the visitors 31-8 to nearly put the game away by the half.

Michael Walker led three players in double figures with 18 points. Reggie Oliver and Madison Pihl each scored 16.

The Lake Oswego boys stymied Westview on Tuesday 70-29. The Wildcats did their best to hang with the Lakers but ran out of firepower down the stretch.

Lake Oswego outscore Westview 23-2 in the fourth quarter. Calvin Hermanson and Colin Caslick led Lake Oswego with 15 points each and Daniel Verburg scored 13.

The Lake Oswego girls have opened the season 2-1 with wins over Jefferson and Centennial and a loss on Tuesday to Cleveland.

Against Cleveland, Lake Oswego struggled offensively in the first three quarters to fall behind by double digits and couldn't recover in a 63-51 loss.

Against Centennial last week, Lake Oswego held on for a 47-44 victory in a back-and-forth affair. The Lakers played well down the stretch to fend off the Eagles and were led by 13 points each from Ali Binns and Stephanie Dorado.

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