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LO girls hang tough against TRL's top teams

The Lakers give No. 3 Tigard and West Linn a battle

The Lake Oswego girls basketball team continues to make strides against strong competition but is still looking to get over the hump for a season-defining victory.

The Lakers hung with No. 3 Tigard and came close to toppling West Linn for the second time this season before coming up just short.

Lake Oswego took what the Tigers threw at them last week, battling through a slow, methodical contest and giving them a test into the third quarter.

The Lakers were patient and executed well in the first quarter, navigating around the Tigers' strong post presence and only trailing 12-10 after the opening period.

Lake Oswego's defense stayed strong in the second quarter but, on offense, the Lakers struggled to get good shots and went cold from the field, only scoring two points and falling behind 22-12.

Tigard slowly started to separated itself in the third quarter but the Lakers stayed in the game as they found their confidence from the outside.

But Lake Oswego was unable to cut into the deficit and Tigard's defense preserved the victory.

It was a much different style of game on Tuesday against West Linn.

The Lions have been a good matchup for the Lakers in recent years with Lake Oswego holding a lead in the fourth quarter when the teams met in December.

West Linn got out and ran whenever possible and the Lakers were a bit slow out of the gate this time around.

The Lions shot the ball well from behind the arc, racing to a 21-13 lead. Lake Oswego had success inside and Morgan McKinney thrived in the paint, finishing with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Despite falling behind 39-29 at the half, Lake Oswego wasn't deterred. They played their best basketball in the third period, scoring inside and out to slowly chip away at the lead.

Lake Oswego cut the deficit to five with one quarter to play. However, West Linn always seemed to connect on a big shot anytime the Lakers threatened to turn the tide.

The Lions hit enough free throws down the stretch to fend off Lake Oswego despite another impressive effort.

Gillian Mair, Kali Drrango and Ellie Moreland all scored in double figures for the Lakers.