A starting line-up of all underclassmen battles Clackamas and West Linn

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Cami Dozois drives past West Linn's Genna Hughes in the Lakers' game against the Lions Tuesday.No one will question the heart of the Lake Oswego girls basketball team this year. Despite losing its leading scorer and its leader on and off the court in Juliana Ramey, the Lakers, who were already one of the youngest teams in the state, got even younger.

Tuesday, Lake Oswego took on No. 7 West Linn and gave the Lions everything they could handle in a 48-34 loss.

The Lakers started three freshmen and two sophomores in the game and hung with the Lions except for a cold spell in the third quarter.

West Linn grabbed the early lead with some hot outside shooting but the Lakers battled back, getting a pair of 3-point plays by Jazymn Brown and cutting the lead to 11-10.

Lake Oswego trailed 18-12 after the opening period and the Lions began the second quarter on an 8-2 run to gain some separation.

The Lakers were able to quickly stop the bleeding though as Brown was the focal point on offense again.

Brown had all 12 of her points in the first half and Lake Oswego trailed 33-22 at the break.

Both teams struggled from the floor early in the third quarter. The Lakers had their opportunities to cut into the lead but couldn't get their midrange jumpers to fall.

Despite being outsized, the Lakers played solid interior defense. Morgan McKinney had the task of defending West Linn's tall post and did well to contest shots from close to the basket.

However, a late run by the Lions that included a lay-up at the buzzer pushed the lead to 43-25.

Lake Oswego continued to fight into the fourth quarter. The Laker defense only gave up one field goal in the fourth period, which came in the final minute and just five total points but couldn't muster enough offense to claw back into the game.

Friday, the Lakers turned in a solid performance against No. 3 Clackamas. Lake Oswego weathered the Cavaliers' heavy pressure and played competitively with the experienced squad into the fourth quarter in a 68-40 loss.

McKinney had a team-high 16 points in the contest for Lake Oswego. The Lakers will take on Oregon City this Friday.

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