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Laker girls rally but fall to Tualatin

Lake Oswego battles from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit but loses 54-53

DAN BROOD - Lake Oswego's Gabby Bruno plays tight defense against Tualatin in last week's league game. The Lakers battled from an eight-point deficit to hold a brief lead in the fourth quarter.The Lake Oswego girls basketball team played another nail-biter against Tualatin last week and, unfortunately for the Lakers, came out on the short end again, falling 54-53 after a pair of spirited second-half comebacks.

The Timberwolves led for much of the game, grinding out a 25-21 lead at the half. Offense was at a premium as neither team shot the ball well from long distance.

But solid defense from Gillian Mair and strong post play from Morgan McKinney helped keep the Lakers within striking distance.

Tualatin opened the game up late in the third quarter and seemingly took control with a 37-29 lead.

However, Mair and McKinney spurred a 7-0 run to close to period, cutting the lead to just one point.

The Lakers would take the lead just seconds into the fourth quarter on a bucket by Katy Gilbert, looking to keep their momentum going.

However, the Timberwolves came up with a response. Tualatin went on a 14-5 run, getting 10 points in that stretch from Tamika Etherly to make it an eight-point game again with just two and a half minutes to play.

Lake Oswego had one more run left. McKinney scored four straight points and Kali Drango converted a there-point play to quickly make it 53-52 with less than a minute to play.

McKinney tallied another steal but Lake Oswego's attempt to take the lead was off and Lake Oswego was forced to foul.

Tualatin made one of two attempts with 16 seconds left, giving the Lakers a chance to tie or take the lead.

McKinney was fouled with just under five seconds to play and hit one of two attempts. Tualatin then missed both free throws and Lake Oswego gathered the rebound. However, it's final half-court heave was off target and Tualatin held on for the narrow win.

It was another tough loss for the Lakers who have shown they can be very competitive in the Three Rivers League this year.

Next up will be the Interstate Shootout.