West Linn girls rout Lake Oswego, set sights on playoff success
The West Linn girls basketball team is ready for the next step.
The Lions capped their 2020 Three Rivers League championship on Friday, Feb. 28, when they blasted past Lake Oswego 75-24 at West Linn High School.
That win put the finishing touches on West Linn's first TRL title in at least 14 years, and likely much longer than that. Now, the Lions are ready for more.
Next up, third-ranked West Linn will open the Class 6A state playoffs at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, when the Lions face No. 30 Grants Pass at West Linn High School. With a win there, the Lions will host either No. 14 McMinnville or No. 19 Barlow on Friday, March 6, with a berth to the state tournament on the line. The Class 6A state tournament will be held March 11, 12 and 14 at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus.
"We're excited," said West Linn junior guard Audrey Roden, who scored 17 points in the win over Lake Oswego. "My whole life, I've wanted to win a state championship and we have a really great chance to do it this year. I'm excited to be able to do it with these girls."
"I'm just so excited. I think we're ready," added West Linn sophomore guard Alana Molden, who added eight points in the win over the Lakers. "We've put in the work during practice, playing like we're in games. I just think we are so ready for it and we're excited for it."
With the win over Lake Oswego — the team's ninth straight — West Linn finished its TRL season at 13-1 and took its overall record to 19-5. No. 44 Lake Oswego, meanwhile, ended its year on a 15-game losing streak, its TRL record at 0-14 and its overall mark at 3-21.
The Lions hit the ground running against LO, speeding out to a 23-5 lead after one quarter, boosting their lead to 41-12 at the half, extending that margin to 64-16 after three periods and rolling home from there.
In addition to Roden and Molden's efforts, junior post Aaronette Vonleh led all scorers with 19 points, while sophomore guard Olivia McVicker and junior wing Jordyn Selleh added eight points each. Lake Oswego junior guard Emma Jeanson led her team with seven points in the loss.
West Linn, which has finished third and sixth at state in the past two seasons, is now ready to chase the state's biggest prize once again.
"I think if we talk, I think if we play together and execute our plays, then we've got a shot," Molden said.
"Playing away is really tough, and one of the biggest things for us on our list of goals was win the TRL … and the second one was to get two home playoff games," Roden added.
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