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Basketball teams finish up regular season


The boys topple Canby and OC while the girls fall in both games and finish in a tie for third

The West Linn basketball teams wrapped up the regular season on Tuesday and both will receive first-round byes as the postseason gets underway.

The boys team stayed the course with victories over Canby and Oregon City, finishing 8-2 in league and in second place behind undefeated Lake Oswego.

Playing on the road against a scrappy Canby squad, West Linn took control of the game early. The Lions built a double-digit advantage and led 20-8 after the opening period.

Canby could never muster a significant run to fully get back in the game. The Cougars cut the lead to 10 heading into the fourth quarter but the Lions sealed the game convincingly, scoring 25 points in the final period to win 79-62.

Ryan Shearmire had 21 points in the game and Anthony Mathis scored 20 for the Lions.

The boys then capped off the regular season with a 69-55 win over Oregon City. The Pioneers hung with West Linn for the first quarter, taking a 15-14 lead after eight minutes.

But the Lions took over in the second, outscoring Oregon City 22-10. West Linn extended its lead to 19 after the third quarter and cruised to a win.

West Linn was again led by Shearmire with 20 points. Hayden Coppedge had 12 while Payton Pritchard had 11 to go along with nine assists.

The Lions will now await their first-round playoff opponent.

The West Linn girls team had a small hiccup to end the season, dropping games to Canby and No. 1 Oregon City.

The Lions knew they had a tough task ahead of them, playing on the road against a Canby team that they narrowly beat in overtime earlier this year.

The Cougars got off to a fast start, taking a 16-7 lead after the first quarter and the Lions never recovered, falling 59-47.

West Linn had a tough night shooting, going just 1-for-14 from the three-point line while Canby hit 5-of-9 three-point attempts.

The Lions did a nice job getting to the foul line but hit just 18 of 33 attempts. Julia Boyd-Helm led the Lions with 14 points.

West Linn then to Oregon City 81-40 at home, finishing 5-5 in league. The Lions finished in a tie for third place with Canby but will receive the first-round bye because of their higher OSAA power ranking.