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LO girls earn first TRL win over pesky Pacers

Lakeridge gives the Lakers a stiff challenge in the first half at home

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Gillian Mair looks to convert a lay-up during her team's 19-point victory over Lakeridge on Tuesday.The Lake Oswego girls basketball team earned its first league win of the year on Tuesday but rival Lakeridge didn't make it easy for them.

In the first meeting between the teams this season, the Pacers played with pride and energy, giving the Lakers all they could handle in the first half.

But Lake Oswego's pressure and physicality ultimately won out in a 53-34 victory.

Lakeridge took advantage of a slow start by Lake Oswego, finding ways to break down the Lakers' press in the opening quarter.

After Lake Oswego's Kali Drrango opened the game with a three-pointer, Lakeridge went on a 7-0 run, getting four points from Maddie Grimes and a three-pointer from Kourtland Thompson.

“They got through our press and kind of took it to us in the first half,” Lake Oswego coach Nya Mason said.

The Lakers would respond quickly, rattling off a 9-0 run of their own with all of the points from from Gabby Bruno and Gillian Mair.

However, with just one second remaining in the first quarter, Lakeridge's Sierra Zevenbergen was fouled shooting a desperation three-pointer and hit two of three free throws to make it 12-9.

Lakeridge would grab the lead again early in the second quarter, getting buckets from Chloe Mike, La'Nae Lillard and Grimes. But, after the game was tied at 16-16, Lake Oswego would close the half on an important 11-0 run.

Lake Oswego shut out the Pacers for the remainder of the half as Lakeridge missed the front end of a one-and-one three times.

Meanwhile, Drrango and Morgan McKinney keyed the offense, crashing the boards and capitalizing on breakaways as the Lakers took a 27-16 lead at the break.

“Our inside game isn't normally an advantage for us so it was good to play well down in the block. The team fed off that,” Mason said.

The Lake Oswego run would continue through the third quarter. McKinney scored her team's first 10 points of the second half to help extend the lead. Lillard converted a three-point play for the Pacers but, after back-to-back threes from the Lakers' Hannah Plott and Katy Gilbert, the lead was 43-24 to end the third period.

Lakeridge continued to battle. Grimes scored seven points for the Pacers in the final period but Lakeridge couldn't cut into the deficit.

Bruno would knock down a pair of three-pointers for the Lakers to put the game away.

McKinney led the scoring with 16 points, Bruno added 11 and Drrango had 10 while Grimes led the Pacers with 13.