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Laker girls play strong defense, fall to Lions


Lake Oswego makes strides but lacks scoring in a pair of losses

The Lake Oswego girls basketball team kept the high-octane West Linn girls in check on Tuesday but didn't have enough firepower of its own to pull off an upset.

The Lakers competed far better against the No. 10 Lions the second time around in a 50-29 defeat.

West Linn struggled offensively all night and the Lakers succeeded in slowing down the pace of the game, forcing the Lions into turnovers as well.

“It was probably our best defensive effort of the season,” coach Jeff Bair said.

West Linn only led 3-1 through the first five minutes and held a 9-3 advantage after the first quarter.

The Lions went on a run to start the second quarter and take control of the game with nine unanswered points.

Lake Oswego only hit two field goals in the first half, both scored by Ali Binns but got to the foul line nine times in the second quarter and trailed 25-11 at the break.

West Linn struggled to pull away in the third quarter as Lake Oswego continued to play stingy defense and did a nice job denying the ball inside to the Lions' posts.

The Lakers got a late offensive spurt, with buckets by Binns and Hannah Plott and a pair of free throws from Emma Heil.

Lake Oswego couldn't significantly cut into the lead in the fourth quarter and the Lions sealed the game at the foul line.

The Lakers, which feature six freshmen and three sophomores on varsity, continue to make strides this year, competing much better with teams during the second half of league thus far.

“I couldn't be happier with how this team has worked. Every day they've gotten better. We're trying to bring them along very quickly and they're competing hard,” Bair said.

Lake Oswego will take on Oregon City on Friday and close the regular season with Lakeridge on Tuesday.