LO girls drop pair of games against tough opponents
The Lake Oswego girls basketball team hung with No. 5 Clackamas for the majority of last week's game but could never get over the hump in its comeback attempt and eventually ran out of steam in the fourth quarter of a 61-43 loss.
The Lakers got off to a rough start offensively, turning the ball over on their first five possessions.
Allie Binns and Lindsay Shallman also picked up two first-quarter fouls which hindered the team's offense early.
Lake Oswego's defense kept it in the game but a lightning-fast 6-0 spurt from Clackamas made it a 13-5 game and gave control to the Cavaliers.
But the Lakers were able to cut into the lead early in the second quarter.
Lake Oswego started to break down the Clackamas press more effectively and promptly cut the deficit to three points.
Cassie Jarrell had a nice first half, scoring eight points off the bench for the Lakers.
Lake Oswego likely could have tied the score or even taken the lead were it not for some poor foul shooting.
The Lakers were just 5-for-14 from the foul line in the first half.
Midway through the second quarter Clackamas forced a slew of quick turnovers and again broke out with a quick run that upped the lead to double digits and the Lakers found themselves trailing 33-22 at the break.
Early in the third quarter, Alexa Moiso knocked down a three-pointer and Shallman scored close to the basket to cut the lead to seven points.
The Lakers steadily kept within striking distance and seemed to be just one run away from getting right back in the game.
However, a late steal and basket from Clackamas at the end of the quarter made it 45-36 and hurt Lake Oswego's momentum.
Needing to make up a nine-point deficit against one of the better teams in the state, Lake Oswego started to rush things in the fourth quarter.
The Lakers went cold from the field and had some careless turnovers that hurt the comeback attempt.
Clackamas got good looks on the other end of the court and put the game away early in the period.
Jarrell led the Lakers with 13 points in the game.
On Tuesday, Lake Oswego put up a solid effort against No. 2 Oregon City but the Pioneers simply had too much firepower in a 78-41 win.
Lake Oswego dropped to 1-5 in league and will take on ninth-ranked West Linn this Friday.