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Laker girls top Westview after Interstate Shootout

LO picks up one more win before opening up its TRL schedule

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Kali Drrango drives the baseline in Lake Oswego's victory over Westview on Tuesday. 
The Lake Oswego girls basketball team picked up a nice win over Westview on Tuesday as they get ready to resume league play on Friday.

The Lakers ground out a solid defensive performance and overcame a dreadful night at the foul line to pick up a 40-36 victory.

Lake Oswego had the better of the play in a back and forth first half. Freshman guard Katy Gilbert had a pair of early buckets and Ellie Moreland scored late to put the Lakers up 13-10.

Hannah Plott hit a three-pointer early in the second quarter to give the Lakers a six-point lead but Westview stormed back quickly and knotted the score at 18-18.

The Wildcats would play the Lakers close all game long but only held a lead for a few seconds in the game.

Morgan McKinney then scored a pair of baskets, including one on a length-of-the-floor drive that capped a quick 6-0 run from Lake Oswego.

Moreland would then knock down a three-pointer and was fouled. She would miss the attempt but Gillian Mair got the rebound and scored as Lake Oswego led 29-21 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Lakers' offense dried up and the Wildcats slowly clawed their way back in the game.

Westview went on an 8-0 run but still failed to take the lead, missing a handful of shots from close to the basket.

McKinney scored on an offense rebound with 1:45 left in the quarter for Lake Oswego's only points in the period and it made it 31-29 with one period to play.

Westview still seemed to have the momentum, especially when it grabbed its first lead of the game with 5:20 to play at 34-33.

However, Westview wouldn't score again until five seconds left in the contest.

A basket by Moreland gave Lake Oswego the lead back and, after a miss from the foul line, a put back by Gabby Bruno made it a three-point lead again.

Lake Oswego was 4-for-16 from the foul line in the game and couldn't put Westview away from the stripe, but Moreland bailed them out with defense.

She had a big block and then a rebound and steal on the other end to keep the Lakers up by six. Westview would knock down a pair of free throws in the closing seconds but it wasn't enough. McKinney and Moreland each finished with nine points.

The win follows a 2-2 performance by the Lakers at the Interstate Shootout. Lake Oswego opened the tournament with a solid 68-40 victory over West Albany before moving on to face Sunset.

The Lakers held the lead at the end of the first quarter but the Apollos outscored them 20-8 in the second period and cruised to a 61-43 victory.

McKinney had 17 points and Mair added 10 in the game. Next up was a back and forth battle with Glencoe.

The Lakers were led by their defense in the game and scoring was at a premium. After rallying to take a 17-16 lead at the half, Lake Oswego seemed to take control in the third period.

Lake Oswego led by five points but, again, had difficulty closing out the game and Glencoe rallied to force overtime.

In the extra period, Lake Oswego gave up just two points and won 50-42. Mair and McKinney each scored in double figures while Gilbert had eight points and Taylor Anders added seven.

In the finale of the tournament, Lake Oswego dropped a tough 57-52 decision to North Medford.

Lake Oswego will host Sherwood this Friday.