Canby defeated the Lakers 72-54 after close first quarter, with strong Ally O'Dell second half

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Senior Cassidy Posey played more of a supporting role against the Lake Oswego girls basketball team on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The senior only had five points, but had several assists. Canby—Another encounter with the Lakers, another dominant victory for the Canby Cougars. Canby overcame a close first quarter to outshoot and outscore the Lake Oswego girls basketball team, winning 72-54 on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Canby High School.

The Cougars extended their winning streak to three in a row, and now sit at 9-5 in league play, 14-8 overall. Lake Oswego falls to 4-10 in the Three Rivers League, and 7-15 overall.

"I thought offensively we played really well," Canby head coach Chuck Knight said. "72 points is pretty solid. Defensively we did not play very well. That's kind of been our staple this year is our defensive play. We have to do a better job defensively for sure."

"We've got a group of tired girls, and we're a young team," Lake Oswego head coach Nya Mason said. "This is their first varsity season. We're in month four and they're feeling it right now. We came out super flat and unmotivated, and we got to find a way to turn the gears and switch on if we want any kind of post season."

The first quarter started off with the Lakers hitting the first basket, putting them up 2-0, but that would be their only lead of the night. Canby would take off after that, scoring 11-2 over the next four minutes. Canby seniors Hannah Myers and Cassidy Posey, and sophomores Nicole Mickelson and Ally O'Dell all hit baskets in that time.

Another reason Canby was able to establish such a strong lead was its effectiveness from the free-throw line. The Cougars went 7 of 8, and were able to put distance between themselves and a very game Lake Oswego. At the end of the first quarter, it was 17-12.

Coming into the second quarter, Canby put its stamp on things right away. Hannah Myers drained a 3-pointer off the bat, and the Cougars were off to the races. Canby scored 22 points in the second eight minutes, including a pair of back to back baskets from senior Katie O'Dell. O'Dell was also active in fighting for rebounds under the basket.

The variety of Canby shooters was also something that gave Lake Oswego problems. Canby had six different players score baskets in the second quarter, compared to the Lakers three. Still, Lake Oswego junior Katy Gilbert had a particularly productive second quarter for her team, scoring seven of the Laker's 12 points. HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior Katy Gilbert dishes the ball off to one of her teammates in Lake Oswego's Feb. 13 showdown with the Canby Cougars.

"I've definitely been focused on being a leader this year," Gilbert said. "We have a lot of young girls. They all have a lot of potential so we're growing, and learning every game. It's been a fun season, but we really want to finish out strong."

At halftime, Canby had a comfortable lead of 39-24. HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Lake Oswego freshman Janie Ruttert had six points in the Feb. 13 game against Canby. Ruttert scored the most emphatic basket against the Cougars, a pull up jumper from the top of the key to start off the second half.

In the third quarter, Lake Oswego freshman Janie Ruttert hit a pullup jumper from the top of the key to get things started, and it seemed like the away team would give Canby fits. Freshman Macy Douglass hit a pair of free throws and Lake Oswego brought the deficit to just 11 points.

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Senior Alice Lambert had 10 points in Canby's 72-54 win against the Lake Oswego Lakers on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Shortly thereafter though, the Cougars took off.

Canby's Mickelson and senior Alice Lambert hit shots inside the paint, and Lambert nailed a free throw off a foul. Sophomore Ally O'Dell would hit her stride as well, scoring seven of Canby's next eight baskets over to end third quarter and start the fourth. O'Dell had 17 points at the end of the night.

"When I came out at half, I didn't have the best first half," O'Dell said. "I didn't have the greatest defensive performance. Coach just took me to the side, and said, 'You're fine, I know you can do this.' That made me confident again."

Canby ended the third quarter up 19 points, 56-37.

In the final quarter, the Lakers made up some ground by scoring 17 points. Rittert hit a pair of free throws, and Gilbert had five points in the final quarter that helped bring the visiting team to 54. Canby was able to keep the distance by making just as many baskets though. By the end of the game, it was the Cougars in the lead 72-54.

Canby squares off against the top team in the TRL Tigard on Friday, Feb. 16. Lake Oswego will compete against St. Mary's Academy on the same day.

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