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Girls basketball: Lambrigtsen, Wright hoping for extended postseason stay

Do-it-all lefties' last stand

Oregon's Sam Lambrigtsen splits two Byron defenders during a game earlier this season. Lambrigtsen, a senior, is 55 points away from scoring 2,000 for her career.
Oregon's Sam Lambrigtsen splits two Byron defenders during a game earlier this season. Lambrigtsen, a senior, is 55 points away from scoring 2,000 for her career.

Sam Lambrigtsen and Emy Wright have been playing basketball together since third grade.

Oregon High School's dynamic duo hopes to continue to play together for weeks to come.

The Hawks (16-11) close the regular season Saturday with a home makeup game with Rock Falls. Then, it's on to the postseason, when a loss will end the high-school careers of Lambrigtsen and eight other Oregon seniors. The Hawks host a Class 2A regional, beginning Monday.

"I'm shocked that it's almost over already," said Lambrigtsen, who is just 55 points away from 2,000 for her career. "We've all been playing together since third grade, even the juniors. We don't want it to end."

Wright is one of those juniors. She has relished the opportunity to play alongside Lambrigtsen.

"I love playing with her," Wright said. "She pushes me. She pushes our team and makes us better."

Lambrigtsen, who has been a starter since her freshman season, is averaging 22.2 points per game this season, which leads the Sauk Valley. Wright averages 14.1, sixth in the area.

The tandem of left-handers also average more than seven steals per game – Wright 3.6 and Lambrigtsen 3.5.

Coming off a 23-7 campaign that saw the Hawks finish 10-2 to take second place in the Big Northern West, Lambrigtsen hoped to go out with more of a bang team-wise.

Oregon is 6-5 in the conference and in fourth place heading into Saturday's regular-season finale with Rock Falls.

"It's been pretty up and down," said Lambrigtsen, who is the Hawks' all-time leading scorer, according to head coach Kristy Eckardt. "The regular season wasn't what we wanted, but we can't think about that anymore. We're thinking about the postseason now."

Wright would like nothing more than to help Lambrigtsen reach 2,000 points, while helping the seniors go out on a high note.

"She's been playing great all season," Wright said of Lambrigtsen. "I think she can reach that. We would all be proud of her and how much she's accomplished. It would be a great honor for her and the team.

"It's hard to believe that we're senior and juniors already. We've had a great group girls. We want to make it better for the seniors and end it in a positive way."

Lambrigtsen's career at Oregon has mirrored Eckardt's, whose first year was Lambrigtsen's freshman season.

"I got pretty lucky," Eckardt said. "She's an amazing all-around player. Mentally, she's much more advanced in the game than your average high-schooler."

Dynamic duo

Lambrigtsen: 22.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.5 spg, 2.1 apg

Wright: 14.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 spg, 2.5 apg

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