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LO girls start fast, fall to Lions


Turnovers plague the Lakers against a strong West Linn squad

The Lake Oswego girls basketball team had some strong moments against West Linn last week but ultimately made too many mistakes to keep up with the talented Lions in a 72-45 loss.

The Lakers got off to a fast start in front of a large crowd, hitting their first four shots from the field.

Ali Binns got Lake Oswego off on the right foot, scoring seven first-quarter points. Laura Nichols was also active early on with a pair of steals and assists.

But West Linn was equally efficient on offense, hitting three three-pointers in a fast-paced quarter to lead 24-14.

The Lakers cooled off in the second quarter and had four straight turnovers to open the stanza, allowing West Linn to build its lead.

The Lions turned those turnovers into points while Lake Oswego was hindered when Juliana Ramey picked up her third foul, sending her to the bench. Binns scored 11 of her team-high 12 points in the first half.

In the third period, Lake Oswego did well to slow down West Linn offense, holding the Lions to just 10 points, but Lake Oswego couldn't make a dent in the lead.

Ramey scored a pair of buckets inside for the Lakers and scored all eight of her points in the second half.

West Linn steadily ground out the win in the fourth quarter as the Lakers struggled to find a rhythm on offense. Nichols finished the game with a team-high seven rebounds for Lake Oswego.

Lake Oswego will take on Oregon City this Friday on the road.