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Laker girls run into hot Newberg squad

After a victory over St. Mary's, Lake Oswego struggles to slow Tigers

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Ellie Moreland starts a drive against a Newberg defender in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers. The Lake Oswego girls basketball team picked up a big victory over St. Mary's last week but then ran into a Newberg squad that was on its game on Tuesday.

The Lakers appeared more than capable of hanging with the Tigers in the early going but Newberg was unconscious from the field for much of the game and did well to find high-percentage shots all night in a 58-34 victory.

Newberg started out well, grabbing an early 10-3 lead as they were aggressive from the opening tip. But Lake Oswego would get back in the game quickly with a pair of buckets from Hannah Plott, including a three-pointer and the Lakers only trailed 12-10 after the first quarter.

Lake Oswego hung with the Tigers early in the second quarter but Newberg's point guard gave them trouble all evening, getting past the defense for lay-ins to finding open shooters.

Leading by four points midway through the period, Newberg went on a 9-0 run, building a 13-point lead.

However, Morgan McKinney responded with a pair of quick buckets late in the period to close the gap to a manageable 29-20 score at the half.

Newberg's point guard helped up the lead to double digits again with two quick buckets to open the third quarter before Gillian Mair knocked down a three for Lake Oswego.

McKinney would also score four points in the period but those would be Lake Oswego's only field goals. Newberg hit a trio of three-pointers in the quarter, extending its advantage to 44-27 and all but putting the game away heading into the fourth.

The Tigers continued their hot shooting in the final period, getting good looks at the basket and shooting a high percentage from the foul line as well.

The lead would swell to 20 points early in the fourth quarter and it would be too much for the Lakers to come back from. Ellie Moreland had three late steals for Lake Oswego but Newberg coasted to a win.

Lake Oswego is currently 2-5 in league but is only two games out of fourth place and has played most teams in the TRL very close through the first half of play.