Lakeridge girls basketball battles to 2-1 mark in Portland Holiday Classic
The Pacers were right where they wanted to be.
The Lakeridge girls basketball team, playing in the Clark Bracket of the Portland Holiday Classic Dec. 27-29 at Grant High School, stepped up to win its first two games and earn a berth in its bracket championship.
But longtime Oregon power Oregon City stood in the way there, and in the end, the Pioneers were just too much for the Pacers, pulling away to win 51-46 at Grant on Dec. 29.
Lakeridge opened its tournament with a 61-42 rout of Skyview High School from Vancouver, Washington, on Dec. 27, then came back the next day to edge past Clackamas 54-49 on Dec. 28. After its Sunday loss to Oregon City, the Pacers saw their season record move to 6-2 overall.
While Lakeridge's players very much wanted to finish on top in their bracket, they appreciated the quality of the tournament, the chance to play solid opponents for three consecutive days and face competition that will help them improve.
"I think in the tournament we've seen better pressure and competition to play against which is very helpful for us going into our league because we have a tough league," said junior wing/guard Addie Reardon.
Any struggles the team had, sophomore guard Reese Ericson added, were "just all mental so we just need to grow mentally to get ready and be prepared. (But) our team didn't get down on each other. We stayed up. We were always encouraging when we got down."
Lakeridge 61, Skyview 42: The Pacers started quickly in their opener against Skyview, but the Storm stuck close for the first quarter, trailing just 18-14 at the end of one.
Lakeridge turned up the heat in the second quarter, though, outscored Skyview 18-10 in the period and took a 36-24 edge into the half. The Pacers — led by junior wing Payton Moffenbeier's 15 points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals — just kept rolling in the second half, too, eventually pushing their lead to 22 points late in the game to put the Storm away.
In addition to Moffenbeier's efforts, Reardon came through with 10 points, three rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal, senior guard Abby Fedrizzi added eight points, five rebounds and two assists, and junior post/wing Keely Lipp tacked on six points, nine rebounds and one assist.
Kazz Sparks led the Storm with 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals.
Lakeridge 54, Clackamas 49: In their second-round game, the Pacers had Clackamas under control for most of the game's first three quarters, leading 14-6 after the first period, 24-17 at the half and 43-30 at the end of three.
But the Cavaliers rallied there, getting a big finish from senior forward/guard Anna Henderson — she closed the contest with a game-high 20 points and six rebounds — and a parade to the free throw line that saw Clackamas knock down 10 of 17 attempts in the final eight minutes.
"They just stayed with us the whole game," Reardon said. "I don't think we were expecting as much and the foul trouble was hurting us a lot."
"This was one of the first times we really saw some of that pressure," Ericson added. "We got a little flustered, but we tried to stay out of our heads and just focus on the next play instead of getting hung up on what the last play was."
Lakeridge — led by Fedrizzi's 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals — saw its once-formidable lead cut to five points down the stretch, but held on to secure its berth in the Clark bracket championship game.
For the contest, Lakeridge freshman guard/wing Keelie O'Halloran added nine points, six rebounds and two steals, Lipp had eight points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, Ericson tacked on three points, two rebounds, eight assists and five steals, and Reardon added eight points, five rebounds and one steal. Jenny Pham had nine points and three assists for Clackamas.
Oregon City 51, Lakeridge 46: The Pacers had the Pioneers right where they wanted them.
Lakeridge, facing Oregon City for the Clark bracket championship on Sunday, traded blows with the Pioneers throughout the first half, then used a 16-8 scoring edge in the third quarter to grab a 35-28 lead.
But Oregon City stepped up in the final quarter, knocked down 4 of 9 shots from the field (including two 3-pointers) and 13 of 16 free throws to come from behind and win.
For the game, Lakeridge got nine points from O'Halloran (along with five rebounds, three steals and two blocks), Reardon had eight points, three four rebounds, one assist and one steal, Ericson added eight points, five rebounds and two assists to offset eight turnovers, and Fedrizzi finished with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Jalisso Lugo led OC with 13 points, Katie Kathan added 12 points, two assists and two steals, and Ma Martineau had 11 points and four rebounds.
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