The Lakers fall 42-40 to Sunset and lose leading scorer Julianna Ramey

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Jasmine Brown beats her defender and heads toward the basket in the Lakers' home game against Sunset Tuesday. The Lake Oswego girls basketball team suffered a setback on more than one level Tuesday in a wild 42-40 loss to Sunset.

The Lakers couldn't quite hold onto a dramatic second-half comeback and, in the final minute of the game, leading scorer Julianna Ramey went down with a serious ankle injury.

Ramey, who missed virtually all of last season with an injury, entered this year healthy and was a key cog in the Lakers' early-season success. In a tie game with 45 seconds remaining, Ramey went down during a scrap for a loose ball and had to be carried off the court.

Ramey finished with a game-high 17 points for the team.

Lake Oswego had virtually no offense in the first half of the game, missing open looks and turning the ball over an uncharacteristic number of times.

The Lakers trailed 24-11 at the break but refused to throw in the towel.

It didn't take long for the team to get back in the game. Ramey opened the third quarter by knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers.

Morgan McKinney added three key buckets in side and did well to shore up the team's rebounding issues.

A 3-point play by Ramey gave the Lakers a 27-26 lead and helped highlight a remarkable 20-2 run in the quarter.

Lake Oswego's swarming perimeter defense was the key in the comeback, creating tipped passes and turnovers that helped the Lakers get down the court in transition.

A late 3-point play by Sunset allowed the Apollos to cut the lead to 33-31 with one quarter left.

Sunset made adjustments after the quarter and Lake Oswego's halfcourt offense slowed down.

The team's battled back and forth with Ramey hitting a jumper to give her team a 38-37 advantage.

With the game tied at 40-40 with 1:30 play, Lake Oswego missed four straight free throws.

Sunset wasn't much better, at the line but hit two of six attempts late to go up 42-40.

Sunset had a chance to seal it with two seconds remaining at the foul line but missed both shots and the Lakers' desperation attempt at the buzzer was off.

Lake Oswego finishes the preseason with a 7-6 record and opens up league play Friday at home against Canby at 6 p.m.

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