The junior comes back after an ankle injury and LO gets its first league win

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Morgan McKinney goes up for a lay-up during the Lakers' victory Tuesday. McKinney had 14 points in the game. Lake Oswego's Julianna Ramey made a surprise return to the line-up for the Lakers' final league game contest Tuesday after an ankle injury earlier in the year appeared to have cut another season short for the junior.

How much of a surprise was her return? Her coach, Jeff Bair, didn't even know she had been cleared by doctors until late Tuesday morning.

“It was a huge shock because all year we'd been told she was out for the season,” Bair said.

Ramey didn't appear to miss a beat at home against the Pacers and it's probably an understatement to say that her teammates were fired up by her return as well.

“It felt awesome. They told me I was done but it was a goal of mine to come back,” Ramey said.

Lake Oswego scored the first 24 points of the game and cruised to a 54-27 victory, its first Three Rivers League win of the season, and returned to its preseason form.

“What I saw out there tonight was what I saw at the (Interstate) Shootout. It gives me a lot of hope,” Bair said.

The Lakers played at a blistering pace in the first half, getting their transition game going and playing aggressive defense.

Morgan McKinney had six points in the first period and the Lakers led 11-0 but Lake Oswego probably could have led by more had it not missed a handful of shots from close range.

Lake Oswego kept its momentum going in the second half, continuing to hound the Pacers on the perimeter.

Ramey had five of the Laker's first 28 points but her impact was clearly felt.

“She just plays at a varsity speed and she allows us to get into our press and creates chaos,” Bair said.

Lake Oswego led 24-0 before a bucket by Shea Northfield broke Lakeridge's drought and Shekina Boe followed with a 3-pointer.

The Lakers kept the pressure on in the second half, getting a pair of buckets from McKinney off of long inbounds passes.

Lakeridge played with more energy as well and got a pair of hoops from Avery Dauphinais.

Lake Oswego put the game away early in the fourth quarter when Gabby Bruno drained back-to-back 3-pointers from the same spot on the court. She had eight of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers celebrated the victory on senior night even though their roster has just one senior, Lilly Newman, who is likely done for the year with an injury.

Both Lake Oswego and Lakeridge will now await their play-in opponents.

“We're definitely going into that game with a lot of momentum now,” Ramey said.

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