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The Lakers slow down West Linns offense in a strong showing

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego freshman Cami Dozois makes a drive to the basket in Tuesday's game against West Linn. Dozois had eight points in the contest. The Lake Oswego girls basketball team flustered No. 8 West Linn Tuesday, executing a strong game plan on defense and hanging with the Lions until late in the third quarter.

The Lakers fell 40-24 but not before giving West Linn a bit of a scare.

Knowing it possessed a significant height disadvantage, Lake Oswego clogged up the middle against the Lions, picking its poison and daring West Linn to fire away from the outside.

West Linn settled for jump shots in the first half and was ice cold, shooting just 9-for-37 from the field.

The Lakers' undoing, however, came on the glass. For the game, West Linn out-rebounded Lake Oswego 47-21 and the bulk of the Lions' points in the first half came in from put backs.

Lake Oswego trailed 10-2 after the first quarter but trimmed it to 10-7 early in the second stanza.

A pair of 3-pointers from Cami Dozois brought the deficit to 16-12 before the Lions went back up 20-12 at the break.

Still, Lake Oswego refused to back down. The team, which started four freshmen in the game, scored the first four points of the third quarter to make it 20-16. However, West Linn finished the period on a 10-0 run.

Lake Oswego had trouble finding its offense as West Linn's post players did a nice job turning away shots near the basket.

The Lakers couldn't find enough offense to mount a fourth-quarter comeback. Dozois and Morgan McKinney each finished with eight points for the Lakers and Gabby Bruno had seven.

Friday, Lake Oswego fell to Clackamas 60-25, posting just seven points in the first half as it tried to find its footing against the Cavaliers' tough pressure defense.

Lake Oswego wraps up the regular season with games at Oregon City and home for Lakeridge.

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