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Fast start propels Laker girls past Lakeridge

Lake Oswego opens with a 15-0 run and never looks back

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Katy Gilbert looks to make a drive during the Civil War game at Lake Oswego High School last week. The Lakers would then pick up a big win over St. Mary's on Tuesday.When the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls basketball teams met earlier in the season, the Pacers surprised the Lakers early, hanging around into the third quarter.

On Friday, Lake Oswego wanted to make sure it was the one that got off to a quick start. The Lakers jumped out to a 20-3 lead after the first quarter en route to a 73-36 win.

Lakeridge would actually play virtually even with Lake Oswego in the second and third periods, but the deficit was too much to over come.

Lake Oswego got off to a very fast start, opening with a 15-0 run. The team's first 11 points came from Morgan McKinney and Gillian Mair. Mair would also be a difference maker on defense as the Pacers struggled to work their offense when she was on the floor.

A three-point play from Lakeridge's Sarah Philippona snapped the scoring drought but the Lakers' Taylor Anders answered with a three-pointer and Lake Oswego was firmly in control after the opening quarter.

“It was nice to not go up against a zone defense for a change so we could play our game and get into a rhythm,” Lake Oswego coach Nya Mason said.

The lead would balloon to 30-6 as McKinney scored six of her team's first eight points in the second quarter. But Lakeridge would finish the half strong, closing with a 11-4 run of its own making it 35-15 at the half.

“It's been strange this year. We usually have good first quarters and then we seem to relax a little bit,” Mason said.

Both offenses picked up in the third period. Lake Oswego's Katy Gilbert had seven points in the quarter while the Pacers' Kourtland Thompson caught fire and drained three there-pointers in the period. LeNae Lillard also had six points in the period for Lakeridge but Lake Oswego maintained its 20-point lead.

Lake Oswego would put the game away in the fourth quarter, holding the Pacers to just four points. Ellie Moreland had five early points for the Lakers and Gabby Bruno scored eight points in a late 14-0 run that sealed the victory.

Lake Oswego followed with one of its biggest wins of the season on Tuesday. The Lakers knocked off a St. Mary's team that was riding high off an upset victory over West Linn 50-37.

Lake Oswego played outstanding defense and got a terrific performance from McKinney. She had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers turned a one-point game at the half into a comfortable victory.

The win vaults the Lakers to a No. 28 ranking in the state, dramatically improving its playoff chances.

“We've been telling the girls it's a sprint now to the postseason,” Mason said.

Lake Oswego wraps up the season with games against Newberg and Tigard while the Pacers have just one game remaining against Newberg.