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Pacer girls still searching for consistency

After giving Newberg a battle, Lakeridge is held to just 17 points by Tigard

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - Lakeridge freshman Laura Barton looks for a teammate to pass to during the Pacers' game against Tigard on Tuesday.The Lakeridge girls basketball team has been steadily making progress this year as coach Jillian Noe starts the process of turning the program around.

The Pacers played one of their better games of the season last week in a 60-46 loss to Newberg, a team that turned around and stunned first-place St. Mary's on Tuesday.

It was the most points that the Pacers have put up in league play this year as shots were falling and Lakeridge gave the Tigers everything they could handle.

It was a different story on Tuesday against a different Tiger team as Lakeridge was done in by turnovers in a 53-17 loss to Tigard.

Lakeridge was never in the game as Tigard played at a fast pace on both ends of the court all evening.

The Pacers mustered just two points in the first 15 minutes of the game as Tigard built a 29-2 advantage.

Lakeridge was in danger of being shut out in the second quarter before scoring two late hoops to end the half.

It was more of the same in the second half. Tigard held a distinct advantage in the paint and dominated the offensive glass. The Tigers also knocked down a handful of outside shots.

Lakeridge did its best to slow Tigard with its press but couldn't find any answers on offense. The Pacers were forced into nearly 30 turnovers in the game as the Tigers were active getting into passing lanes and deflecting balls.

Tigard has held Lakeridge under 25 points twice now this season and has been a tough match-up for the Pacers.

Freshman Maddie Grimes led the Pacers with six points. Lakeridge now plays West Linn this Friday as it searches for its first league win.


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