The Lakers hold on against Sherwood and end with a pair of hard-fought losses

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Ali Binns is fouled during the team's victory over Sherwood in the Interstate Shootout.Lake Oswego's girls basketball team continues to find its way against some quality opponents this year. At last week's Interstate Shootout, the Lakers advance to the winner's side of the bracket with an opening-round win and would go 1-3 with some hard-fought losses.

The Lakers opened against Sherwood and started the tournament by playing perhaps their best quarter of basketball so far this season.

Lake Oswego played tough defense and went up on the Bowmen 17-2 after eight minutes. Libby Dozois and Stephanie Dorado each hit late three-pointers in the quarter to spur the run.

The Lakers rebounded well against the physical Sherwood team, getting big contributions from Laura Nichols in the paint.

Late in the half, the Sherwood press gave Lake Oswego some issues and the Bowmen narrowed the gap to eight points.

The Lakers continued to hold Sherwood at bay in the third quarter, getting strong play inside from freshman Emily Leach but both Dorado and Nichols picked up their fourth fouls in the period.

Lake Oswego led by 10 points with one quarter to play and scored a basket early in the fourth quarter but that would be its only field goal of the period.

Sherwood closed to within two points before Dozois hit one of two free throws. Then, after Sherwood was whistled for an intentional foul, Ali Binns knocked down a pair of free throws to seal the 39-34 victory.

In the Lakers' second game against Lebanon, they held their own in the first half but Lebanon turned an eight-point halftime lead into a lopsided decision after the break.

Lake Oswego then took on Grant on Day 3.

Lake Oswego struggled in the second quarter and fell behind 28-15 at the half. It appeared that the Lakers were out of the game, trailing by 19 with one period to play. However, the Lakers mounted a spirited comeback and found some rhythm offensively, nearly equaling their scoring output from the first three quarters but the rally came up just short in a 48-43 loss. Dorado and Binns each scored in double figures for the Lakers.

Lake Oswego wrapped up its tournament with a 55-41 loss to Crescent Valley. Lake Oswego will take on North Salem at home this Friday.

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