Lakeridge girls snap long TRL losing streak against Lake Oswego
The Lake Oswego girls basketball team hung with Lakeridge during the first quarter.
The Lakers hung tough with the Pacers again in the second.
Lake Oswego closed within a single point in the third period, too, and trailed by just three with 1 minute, 14 seconds left in the game.
But when Lakeridge took over at the free throw line down the stretch, the Lakers had no answer.
The Pacers hit 9 of 10 foul shots in the final 1:05 and used that edge to pull away and win 51-39 at Lakeridge High School on Jan. 16. In the process, Lakeridge snapped a nine-game Three Rivers League losing streak to the Lakers that stretched all the way back to Feb. 4 of 2014. The Pacers also beat the Lakers in the final round of this season's Nike Interstate Shootout.
"It's amazing. This is the first league win we've had against LO since I've been here so it's huge for me," said Lakeridge senior guard Brooke Clinton, who tied for team-high scoring honors with 12 points. "It's all credit to my teammates because they all wanted it as much as I did and I'm super proud of them."
"Of course I was nervous," admitted Lakeridge freshman point guard Reese Ericson, had also scored 12 points in the win. "It was a close game and I was really set on winning this one because coming in my first year, I really wanted this one. I've been coming to these games ever since my sister was playing and I just wanted this win."
With the win — the team's second straight — the 26th-ranked Pacers improved to 2-1 in TRL play and 7-5 overall. No. 37 Lake Oswego, meanwhile, lost for the sixth straight time and fell to 0-3 in TRL play and 3-11 overall.
"It kind of sucks to lose to your rival, but I think we can come back and beat them when we play them at our house," said Lake Oswego sophomore guard Janie Ruttert, who led all scorers with 15 points.
"The shots just didn't fall. We just got unlucky," added Lake Oswego sophomore guard Emma Jeanson. "We are definitely hungry for another win against our rivals. Last year, we had a lot of good luck so … next time, we'll just try to get back at them."
The Pacers led 14 -12 in the first quarter thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Abby Fedrizzi and four points from Clinton, while Ruttert kept the Lakers close with seven points and teammate Kate Anders added a "3" for LO.
The Pacers pushed their lead to 22-15 when Keely Lipp took an inbounds pass from Ericson and scored from the right baseline with 26 seconds to go in the half.
But the Lakers closed within 22-17 at the break, then got a Jeanson jumpshot and a pair of free throws from Macy Douglass to close within 22-21 two minutes into the third quarter.
Lakeridge answered with a 6-0 run that included a putback from Kiersten Weiler, a baseline jumper from Ericson and a fast break basket by Weiler assisted by Ericson that made it 28-21 with 3:19 to go in the period.
The Pacers' lead was still 33-26 when Ericson hit one free throw at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Lakers battled back again, cutting the Lakeridge lead to 42-39 behind four points from Taylor Anders and a pair of Douglass foul shots with 1:14 left in the game.
"I think we just had a lot more heart and hustle and we really wanted it at that point so it just kind of served as a big motivation for us," Jeanson said.
While Lake Oswego wouldn't score again — the Lakers missed their final five shots from the field — the Pacers stepped up at the foul line, with Addie Reardon hitting four straight free throws while Clinton and Lipp hit two each.
"We had a really tough battle against them at the Interstate Shootout so we knew that they would be ready coming in … and we just needed to match their intensity and keep playing our game," Ericson said.
For the game, Fedrizzi added 11 points for Lakeridge while Weiler and Reardon had six each. For Lake Oswego, Katy Gilbert finished with nine points and Taylor Anders eight in the loss.