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Girls basketball team moves to 9-2


Lions knock off Grant and McMinnville following first losses of the season

The West Linn girls basketball team got back in the win column with a pair of victories against Grant and McMinnville, moving the Lions' record to 9-2 on the season and a No. 4 ranking in the state by the OSAA.

Last Friday, the Lions knocked off Grant 69-42. West Linn did well to execute its offense in the first half and put the game away quickly.

The Lions endured a physical contest but the team held its ground and the defense thwarted off any potential runs by the Generals to keep them at bay.

“We knew what kind of game it was going to be and it was just about being fundamentally sound and not getting caught up in our emotions. It was a good experience for us to have,” coach Lisa Griffith said.

West Linn got contributions from its entire roster, clearing the bench in the fourth quarter as the team rebounded from a loss to Clackamas in the final game of the Interstate Shootout.

“We'd like to be undefeated, but I'll definitely take 9-2. Both of our losses are against top teams in the state,” Griffith said.

Tuesday, the Lions picked up another solid win 48-38 against a strong McMinnville team at home.

In a slower, more methodical contest, the Lions again grabbed the advantage on the defensive side of the ball.

West Linn clogged up the paint and did well on the boards, limiting second-chance opportunities.

On offense, the Lions were patient and got good looks, fending off a strong early charge from McMinnville to eventually take control.

Ashley Johnson led the way for West Linn, sealing the game down the stretch with free throws. Griffith credits her seniors, Johnson, Genna Hughes, Hannah Matthiessen and Morgan Haskin, with rallying the team and getting it where it needs to be with just two non-league games remaining.

West Linn takes on West Salem and Jesuit at home to wrap up the regular season, finishing up one of the toughest early schedules in the state.

“(The schedule) has given us confidence, and we've seen that on any given night any team can win. There's a lot of parity in the state,” Griffith said.

The Lions will open up league play next week against No. 3 Clackamas.