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Laker girls win the Battle of the Lake

Lake Oswego pulls away in the second half behind 27 points from Julianna Ramey


Photo Credit: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Hannah Plott and Lakeridge's Rachel Kuhnert battle for a loose ball during the first Battle for the Lake. The Lakers won the game 66-41.The Lake Oswego girls basketball has been in a shooting slump for the past few weeks but, an impressive win over Westview a week ago was a bright spot and, on Tuesday, the Lakers put it all together in a 66-41 victory.

“It was a win we greatly needed. We've been a little banged up and shooting under 30 percent and I think that's hurt the kids' confidence,” coach Kevin Ruble said.

But the Lakers would shoot the ball well from both inside and out on Tuesday. When Lake Oswego had been at its best this year, it has been able to get off to a quick start, allowing the young team to feed off that confidence.

That was exactly the case on the road on Tuesday.

Julianna Ramey had a monster night, scoring a game-high 27 points. She had her jump shot working and was tough to stop on punishing drives to the basket.

“She did a little bit of everything for us. She plays so hard and we ask a ton of her,” Ruble said.

Lake Oswego was able to built a double-digit lead early but, to Lakeridge's credit, the Pacers battled back.

Lakeridge was on the verge of being taken out of the game early in the first half but it was able to chip away at the lead thanks to some scrappy play inside.

The Pacers were able to make it a single-digit game but Ruble was confident that his team would be able to put the finishing touches on a win.

“We just told the girls at the half to keep shooting and to really focus on defense,” Ruble said.

Lake Oswego dominated the boards in the second half, not allowing any second chance opportunities and created enough turnovers to make a rally extremely difficult.

“I thought Gillian Mair was huge for us on defense. She makes us go on that side of the ball and creates a lot of problems,” Ruble said.

In the end, the Lakers were able to pull away for a win against their rivals. Morgan McKinney and Gabby Bruno each had 12 points for Lake Oswego.

The Lakers will face first-place St. Mary's on Friday while the Pacers will host Canby.

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