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Lake Oswego rallies to top Lakeridge as another buzzer-beater attempt falls short

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Hannah Plott looks to put up a shot against Lakeridge's Ruby Taylor in Tuesday's win over the Pacers.Just like last time, the Lakeridge girls basketball team found itself trailing by two points to Lake Oswego on the final possession of the game. Just like last time, the Pacers inbounded the ball with roughly seven seconds to play and got it into the hands of point guard Natalie Bristol.

Just like last time, Bristol eventually got the ball to senior Ruby Taylor. But, unlike last time, Taylor's shot was heavily contested and fell short as Lake Oswego earned a split for the season with the Pacers, rallying from a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter and holding on for a 40-38 victory.

“It was definitely deja vu. That had all the makings of the first game,” Lake Oswego coach Jeff Bair said.

Lakeridge was in control for much of the first three quarters of play. The Pacers knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter and shot well for much of the game while Lake Oswego tried to stay close with strong perimeter defense.

Emma Heil had three steals in the first quarter alone but Lake Oswego also picked up seven fouls in the first eight minutes and trailed 12-10 after the opening period.

Lakeridge stayed hot in the second quarter, getting early three-pointers from Colleen Ellis and Hope Daskalos to bring the lead to eight points.

Lake Oswego still managed to stay close, holding Lakeridge to just four points for the rest of the quarter. Hannah Plott hit a late three-pointer for the Lakers who trailed 22-18 at the half.

The third quarter belonged to Taylor, who hit her first three shots for the Pacers. She had 10 points in the quarter as the Pacers started to take over.

Daskalos knocked down another three-pointer and had four rebounds in the quarter and finished the game with nine points and 10 boards.

Lake Oswego got a pair of buckets in the quarter from Elise Anderson and Laura Nichols but still trailed 36-28 with one period to play.

But the Lakers quickly started to turn the tide in the fourth quarter. Plott drained an early three-pointer to cut the lead to three and Anderson grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to cap a 9-0 run that gave the Lakers the lead.

“I thought Elise played her best game of the year. She was aggressive to the basket and really helped us out,” Bair said.

However, Lake Oswego found itself in foul trouble again, putting Lakeridge in the double bonus. Lake Oswego was aggressive on the glass in the final period but Nichols, the team's best rebounder, fouled out with just under two minutes to play in a tight ballgame.

A free throw from Daskalos put Lakeridge up 38-37 but Lake Oswego responded with a huge three-pointer from Plott with less than a minute.

“Hannah made some clutch baskets. She's a freshman and she's typically deferred to Ali (Binns). I was happy she took the opportunity to shoot tonight,” Bair said.

Lake Oswego then had to hold on. Lakeridge got off a deep three-pointer that missed with less than 15 seconds remaining. Daskalos went to the floor for the offensive rebound and the Pacers called time-out.

There would be no magic this time around for Lakeridge, however.

The Pacers and Lakers finished the season tied in the league standings and just one point separates them in the OSAA power rankings as well.

Both teams will compete in play-in games this Saturday.

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