The girls and boys teams have each had a strong preseason

The Lake Oswego girls basketball team is off to a 3-0 start and displaying some impressive signs from an exceptionally young squad.

The Lakers racked up lopsided wins over Jefferson and Franklin, playing active defense in both games to spur the team to victory while getting contributions up and down the line-up.

“We knew after our summer that we were going to be better this year but we know the season is still really young and we don't want to blow things out of proportion,” coach Jeff Bair said.

The Lakers' athleticism has been giving opposing teams trouble so far this year and the team has a far more balanced scoring attack than it has possessed in a few seasons.

“In the last three games we've had at least three girls in double figures and we can score from all over the court,” Bair said.

The defense has been the difference for Lake Oswego in the early going as the team has held its last two opponents to under 35 points.

On both occasions, Lake Oswego was able to jump out to a quick lead, converting turnovers into easy baskets to go ahead.

“We've been getting a lot of deflections in the passing lines and going to other way but we've been able to score from inside and outside,” Bair said.

Julianna Ramey has proven to be a dangerous scoring threat for the Lakers as anticipated, leading the way with 26 against Jefferson and 20 against Franklin.

Morgan McKinney has also been terrific on both sides of the ball. She score 15 in both contest.

“Morgan was giving up two or three inches to the girl she was guarding against Jefferson and that player never saw the ball,” Bair said.

The Lakers are currently in Arizona for the Tournament of Champions and figure to see some of the best competition they have faced yet this year as they gear up for the Interstate Shootout after Christmas.

The Lake Oswego boys are also off to a 3-0 start, getting strong second-half performances in wins against Centennial and McMinnville.

The Lakers have been tough to stop when they've been able to go on runs this year.

Against the Eagles, Lake Oswego trailed after three quarters but found its rhythm on offense, scoring 22 points in the third quarter to win 51-40.

Point guard Jazz Johnson led the charge, dishing the ball to open players as the Eagles made a conscious effort to stop him.

Johnson still finished with a game-high 22 points.

On Tuesday, Lake Oswego overcame a slow start to run past McMinnville 63-41.

The Lakers trailed by five points after the first quarter but then caught fire from the outside. Johnson was solid from behind the arc and finished with 32 points as the Lakers all but put the game away after the third quarter.

The Lakers, despite graduating the majority of last year's team, find themselves ranked No. 6 in the state as they play in the Red Bluff Tournament in California.

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