Poor shooting and turnovers hurt the Lions in games against Tigard and West Albany

Tigard has been a thorn in the side of the West Linn girls basketball team for the past two seasons. The Tigers dealt the Lions an early lopsided loss last season and knocked off the Lions in West Linn's Tip-off Classic earlier this year.

West Linn took on Tigard again in a rematch last week and never got its offense going, falling 40-22. The game was a defensive struggle from start to finish but a big third quarter from Tigard, where it outscored West Linn 15-4 turned out to be the difference.

The Lions didn't muster more than eight points in any quarter but still just trailed 19-12 at the half.

West Linn had another rough night shooting, hitting just eight of 40 shots from the field.

The Lions were strong in the paint, out-rebounding Tigard but 20 turnovers hindered the team's efforts.

Genna Hughes had another strong game, leading the team with eight points and seven rebounds and she filled up the stat box with four steals and four blocks.

Morgan Haskin had a game-high 10 rebounds and four blocks of her own as West Linn played very strong interior defense.

West Linn followed that game with a 47-36 loss to West Albany. The Lions were a bit more efficient offensively and were in the game until early in the fourth quarter.

However, 21 turnovers doomed the team again and another subpar shooting effort made a comeback difficult.

West Linn was just 6-for-14 from the free throw line and 2-for-16 from behind the three-point line.

The Lions led early and were up 14-8 after the first quarter. But the Bulldogs rallied quickly, holding West Linn to just six points in the second quarter to lead 22-20 at the break.

The Lions couldn't get on track on offense in the second half and while the team played solid defense to stay within striking distance, West Albany was able to slowly pull away for the victory in the final period.

Julia Boyd-Helm had her best outing of the year so far, leading the team with 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Hughes had eight points, 10 rebounds and a pair of steals.

West Linn will travel to play at Hermiston this Friday.

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