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Girls team survives tough early schedule

The Lions knock off Southridge and fall to Westview with Clackamas looming in their TRL opener


The West Linn girls basketball team is through the gauntlet of its preseason schedule, one that included five of the top eight teams in the state. Two of the teams in the top eight it hasn't faced yet are Clackamas and Oregon City who are looming in league play.

The Lions have emerged as a stronger team but one that is still striving for consistency.

That was evident in the team's last two games which saw West Linn knock off Southridge impressively 48-35 before dropping a 72-53 decision to Westview.

Against the Skyhawks, West Linn pulled away in the fourth quarter in what had been an exceptionally close game.

The biggest difference for the team was its free throw shooting. West Linn was 13-for-17 from the line and hit clutch shots in the fourth quarter while Southridge was just 4-for-12.

The Lions held a slim 14-11 lead after the first quarter and held a slim 34-29 advantage into the final quarter before salting the game away.

West Linn's defense was terrific in the game. Julia Boyd-Helm drew three charges and the Lions battled hard on the glass with Morgan Haskin and Genna Hughes doing much of the dirty work.

Boyd-Helm also led the team in scoring with 14 points but eight different players chipped in offensively.

“Julia was phenomenal. She did a little bit of everything,” coach Glen Lee said.

On Tuesday, the Lions did their best to hang with a strong Westview squad that is ranked No. 5 in the state.

After falling behind 20-11 after the first quarter the Lions outscored the Wildcats in the second period but couldn't cut into the lead further.

The Lions hurt themselves on offense with 20 turnovers while Westview made its living in the paint.

“We dropped passes near the basket and missed a bunch of two-footers,” Lee said.

The Wildcats had three players score 60 of their 72 points while the Lions received another balanced effort.

“They're ranked where they are for a reason and their three kids who can score hurt us. We have to communicate better on defense,” Lee said.

Boyd-Helm led the team with 12 points and five rebounds as eight different players scored again.

West Linn will now gear up for a tough league opener, taking on No. 4 Clackamas this Friday.



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