West Linn shows domination in big win over Lakeridge

The West Linn Lions (16-5, 6-1 Three Rivers League) took on the Lakeridge Pacers (13-7, 4-3 TRL) and right off the bat, the Lions had the game in their hands.

West Linn sustained an early 21-18 lead after the first quarter, scoring at least 20 points in the first or second quarter for the first time since Jan. 15 which also happened to be a game against Lakeridge.

The Lions offense kept up the attack in the second quarter and kept it up on defense allowing only 13 points. Dunks by Ryan Shearmire, junior, fired up the crowd and gave even more momentum to West Linn. Shot after shot, the Lions extended their lead, netting 25 points and finished with a halftime lead of 46-31.

Halftime wasn’t able to slow down West Linn and they came out of the break firing on all cylinders. Scoring 20 points and giving up only 15, the Lions were able to keep the lead with their tenacious defense.

Going into the fourth, it was West Linn’s game to lose. The crowd was raucous and every chanted at the top of the lungs whenever they could. The Lions showed their depth and every single member of the team received the opportunity to play. Even then, they kept the scoring up, and the defense strong. Lakeridge was only able to score 13 points and West Linn netted 19.

The Lions were led in scoring by Shearmire who had 25 points and a few flashy dunks. Along with Shearmire, Anthony Mathis, sophomore, and Hayden Coppedge, junior, finished with 13. Payton Pritchard, freshman, scored only five points, but had 13 assists and helped push the Lions to victory.

The Pacers were led in scoring by Reggie Oliver, junior, with 20 points and Michael Walker, senior, who finished with 17.

The Lions’ next game is tonight against Lake Oswego at Lake Oswego High School at 7:30 P.M.