The Pacers will look different this year, but should be strong again.
The 2023 Lakeridge girls basketball team has a lot to live up to.
The 2022 Pacers broke through to win their school’s first Three Rivers League title in ages, won a berth in the Class 6A state tournament — their first since 2005 — and finished sixth there.
That said, Lakeridge believes it will be right back in the mix for more success this season.
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“We should compete again for the league title,” said Lakeridge coach Jason Brown, the 2022 TRL Coach of the Year. “How well we defend and build team chemistry will determine how much success we have overall.”
While the Pacers must replace TRL Player of the Year Reese Ericson and two other all-leaguers, this year’s team will be led by returning first-team all-leaguer Keelie O’Hollaren and another six varsity players from last year’s league champion.
Brown said that this year’s top players include O’Hollaren (a 5-foot-11 wing/guard), Karmen Perry (a 5-9 junior guard), Natalie Langer (a 5-11 junior wing) and Jadyn Harrell (a 6-0 senior post/wing).
In addition to that group, the Pacers also expect big things from Caiden Levrets (a 5-8 sophomore guard), Zoey Davis (a 6-1 junior post/wing who transferred from Wilsonville), Abby Winston (a 5-6 senior wing), Kara Roberts (a 5-5 freshman guard) and Ashlyn Weiler (a 5-10 freshman wing).
“Newcomers Caiden Levrets and Zoey Davis should be big contributors, as well as Abby Winston who is a returner,” Brown said. “(And) true freshmen Kara Roberts and Ashlyn Weiler should also make big impacts.”
Also ready for varsity time this year are varsity returners Raime Reid (a 5-7 senior guard) and Maddie Allen (a 6-1 senior post), and Addison White (a 6-0 freshman post).
Looking at his varsity roster, Brown likes what he sees and believes the Pacers will be ready to play with the TRL’s best.
“We potentially have a very deep team,” he said.
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