For extended stretches, Lake Oswego's girls basketball team looked every bit as good as Canby in last week's league opener.

Although it was playing its first game without leading scorer Julianna Ramey, who appears to be done for the year with a severely sprained ankle, the Lakers began the game poised and confident.

However, Canby has proven to be a team that can erupt at times this year once it settles into its potent press. The Cougars recently rattled off a 49-0 run in a win over Milwaukie. Against Lake Oswego, a big second quarter proved to be the difference in a 77-44 victory.

Lake Oswego matched Canby stride for stride in both the first and third periods, only being outscored 33-28 in that time frame.

When the Lakers could get into their half-court offense and cut back on turnovers, they were solid on both sides of the ball.

As both teams took some time to get into rhythm, Lake Oswego only trailed 14-12 after the opening period. But the Cougars ramped up the pressure defensively to start the second quarter and used terrific passing to put up 26 points, building a 40-24 lead at the break.

Canby also did a nice job on the boards and created many scoring opportunities, particularly from close to the hoop.

Lake Oswego regrouped nicely and started to find its stride on offense in the third quarter. However, Canby did well to keep momentum firmly in its corner as the Lakers struggled to cut into the lead.

Seven different players scored for Lake Oswego, none in double figures.

Lake Oswego went cold and Canby seemed to pick up steam, putting the game away in the final period. The Cougars held the Lakers to just four points over the final eight minutes.

Lake Oswego will take on No. 3 Clackamas Friday.

The Lakeridge girls knew they had a tough task ahead of them, opening up league against Oregon City last week.

The Pacers had trouble against the Pioneers' vaunted press and the Pioneers' quick pace allowed them to jump out on Lakeridge early in an 87-23 victory.

Oregon City, ranked No. 8 in the state, created multiple turnovers and, when the Pacers got into their offense, they simply couldn't hit enough shots to stay in the game.

Lakeridge takes on West Linn Friday in the first game of a doubleheader.

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