LO girls take 3rd at Shootout
The Lake Oswego girls basketball team had a strong showing at this year's Interstate Shootout, going 3-1 in the Les Schwab Bracket en route to a third-place finish.
Expectations were high for the Lakers heading into the tournament and, if not for one rough night offensively, Lake Oswego very well could have won the bracket.
After burying Jefferson and grinding out a solid win over Pendleton, Lake Oswego took on Crescent Valley in the semifinals.
The Lakers started the game sluggishly and never fully recovered.
"The whole team was putting in long hours working the tournament and I think that caught up to them a bit," coach Joe Williamson said.
It was an uncharacteristically cold night shooting and while Lake Oswego played solid defense it could never fully muster a comeback.
That moved Lake Oswego into the third place game against The Dalles-Wahtonka.
The Lakers looked like a different team in the early going, jumping on the Eagle Indians in first quarter.
Marlee Chovich and Libby Nielsen each knocked down three-pointers to spark a 7-0 start. Allie Binns would hit two three-pointers in the opening quarter as well to stake the Lakers to a 21-11 lead.
"I was really pleased with how we responded after losing in the semis. That was probably the best we've played since getting back from Hawaii," Williamson said.
The Dalles-Wahtonka opened the second period with a 6-0 run but Lindsay Shallman countered for Lake Oswego with back-to-back baskets.
Amber Swayne would add a late three-pointer as the Lakers led 33-25 at the break.
But, in the second half, Lake Oswego went cold and The Dalles-Wahtonka slowly clawed its way back into the game.
Lake Oswego got great defense and hustle plays all game from Nielsen as she helped keep the Eagle Indians from taking the lead.
Another three-pointer from Binns broke Lake Oswego's scoring drought and Cassi Jarrell scored a basket and was fouled but the Lakers only led 43-39 with one quarter to play.
Turnovers and heavy defensive pressure by the Eagle Indians allowed The Dalles-Wahtonka to tie the game at 48-48 with less than four minutes to play.
Binns responded by draining another huge three-pointer and Nielsen came up with a steal that led to a pair of free throws.
Chovich would then come up with a steal and Binns and Chovich would seal the game from the foul line.
"We've been struggling from the foul line this year so that was nice to see," Williamson said.
Lake Oswego currently sits at 8-3 and has games against Grant and Southridge before opening up league play next week against Oregon City.
"I've seen glimpses of what this team's capable of doing. We just need to be more consistent," Williamson said.