LO girls fend off Lakeridge rally for big win
The Lake Oswego girls basketball team stayed calm under pressure last week, enduring a hot start and a furious fourth-quarter comeback from Lakeridge to claim the season's first Civil War meeting 61-52.
It was a battle of conflicting styles all evening and, in the end, Lake Oswego's ability to control the glass and pound the ball inside won the night.
Lake Oswego out-rebounded Lakeridge 55-32 in the game with much of the damage coming from Lindsay Shallman and Paige Timberg.
Timberg pulled down a game-high 17 boards and Shallman had 14 to go along with 22 points, which came almost exclusively on lay-ups.
But early on, Lakeridge had the upper hand in the game. The Pacers hit their first four shots, getting three-pointers from Kyleigh Young and Nicole Blizzard as they went up 10-2 in the opening minutes.
The Lakers tried to establish their inside game from the opening tip and succeeded getting the ball in the paint but missed a handful of chip shots early on.
Lakeridge cooled off later in the quarter, connecting on just 1 of its last 11 shots in the period and the Lakers' rebounding edged started to reap dividends. Lake Oswego ultimately tied the score at 16-16 after one quarter.
"We came out and decided to really play out game and not come in and get pushed around," Shallman said.
The Lakers opened the second quarter with three consecutive turnovers and Blizzard stayed hot for the Pacers.
But, again, Lake Oswego was able to wear Lakeridge down, getting strong interior play from Shallman and from Cassie Jarrell off the bench.
Lake Oswego would go up late in the second quarter and took a 27-24 lead into the half.
In the third quarter Timberg took over for the Lakers. She was all over the court, scoring all seven of her points in the period to go along with eight rebounds.
Lake Oswego opened the quarter on a 10-2 run to build a double-digit lead.
Blizzard tried to keep Lakeridge close with a pair of three-pointers in the quarter but Marlee Chovich from Lake Oswego answered with a three-pointer of her own and the Lakers led 42-33 with eight minutes to play.
But Lakeridge wasn't finished. Colleen Ellis drained an early three pointer for the Pacers and Lakeridge's pressure started to cause turnovers.
Young scored eight of her 14 points in the final period and Ellis added another three-pointer as the Pacers whittled the lead down to one point.
But Lake Oswego didn't panic. The Lakers instead went back to their bread and butter and found Shallman, who had eight points and seven rebounds in the fourth quarter.
"It was all about mental toughness. We've been working hard about continuing to pound it inside," Shallman said.
Allie Binns, who had been quiet for much of the game, drained a pair of crucial three-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Lakers pulled away in the final minutes for the win.
The victory was Lake Oswego's first in league. Timberg added a game-high six assists to the effort and Blizzard led the Pacers with 26 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Lake Oswego hosts Clackamas this Friday while Lakeridge travels to Oregon City.