Lakeridge girls looking for first league victory
The Lakeridge girls basketball team ran into a pair of teams playing some very solid basketball in the past week.
After falling to second-ranked Oregon City on Friday, Lakeridge then had to regroup for another top-10 team in West Linn on the road on Tuesday.
Cold shooting by the Pacers coupled with solid execution from the Lions did Lakeridge in in a 69-42 loss.
Lakeridge did its best to put heavy pressure on West Linn but the Lions had little trouble breaking it down in the first half.
West Linn took an early lead and the Pacers missed some looks from close to the basket.
Three-pointers from Anna Gassner and Hope Daskalos kept Lakeridge in the game early on.
West Linn also pounded the glass for much of the game and won that statistic decisively.
Lakeridge only trailed 18-12 after the first quarter but West Linn point guard Brittany Smith quickly extended that advantage by herself to start the second period.
She scored five straight points to start the quarter and the Lions hit a trio of three-pointers in the period and the lead quickly swelled to double-digits.
Nicole Blizzard scored eight points in the second quarter and the Pacers finished the half on a small 5-0 run which cut the lead to 39-26.
Lakeridge called off its full court press in the second half to try and shore up its defense but the Lions were still able to work the ball for good looks at the basket.
The Pacers struggled from the field while the Lions stayed hot and the lead ballooned to 59-35 after the third period.
Lakeridge rebounded better in the second half and got a nice effort defensively from Ellee Daskalos who had five rebounds and three blocks.
The Pacers' Blizzard and Kyleigh Young combined for 25 points in the game but needed a lot of shots to reach that total as the Lions played tough defense and forced difficult attempts.
Lakeridge will look for its first league victory this Friday when it takes on Canby for the second time this year.