Lakeridge falls to No. 11 Canby at home on Senior Night

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Colleen Ellis anticipates drawing contact on a drive to the basket during Friday's home game against West Linn. Ellis led the Pacers with 10 points in the game.The Lakeridge girls basketball team fell to Canby 52-27 Tuesday, playing better defense and faring better against the Cougars' press than it did in an earlier loss.

It was senior night for the Pacers, who will graduate eight players from this year's squad. Shekina Boe, Shea Northfield, Sydney Lautze, Colleen Ellis, Susan Irving, Avery Dauphinais, Maddie Moxness and Hope Daskalos all made a significant impact on the program both on and off the court as the Pacers continue to steadily rebuild.

The Lakeridge offense had trouble keeping up with the No. 11 Cougars at home but the Pacers have been improving in their press break, having faced some of the best presses in the state nearly every night in the Three Rivers League.

But Lakeridge had trouble knocking down open looks when it got them Tuesday.

On Friday the offense sputtered against No. 8 West Linn although Lakeridge played the Lions virtually even in the second half.

The Pacers could only muster six first-half points, five of which were scored by Ellis before she picked up an early second foul.

Lakeridge trailed 30-6 at the half but Ellis knocked down another 3-pointer early in the third, giving her eight of her team's nine points.

The Pacers were able to rein in the turnovers in the second half and settle into more of a rhythm on offense. Maddie Rabing did an admirable job against West Linn's tall front court.

Lakeridge opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run, getting the lead back down to 20, but that was as close as the team would get.

Lakeridge wraps up the regular season with games on the road against Clackamas and Lake Oswego.

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