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Healthy Julianna Ramey thrives on Oregon Elite team

The team goes 26-4 as Ramey looks forward to a breakout senior year


Photo Credit: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Julianna Ramey has overcome a pair of injuries and could be poised to blossom into one of the state's top basketball players.The Oregon Elite girls basketball team put together a phenomenal run this season and Lake Oswego's Julianna Ramey played a big part in its success.

Playing under former Lake Oswego High School girls varsity coach Gary Lavendar, Ramey was a member of a team that featured some of the top players in the state on a team that went 26-4, winning a pair of competitive tournaments along the way.

Ramey has always had the talent to compete at a high level on the court but injuries have derailed her past two basketball seasons.

After a successful spring where she played defense on the Lakers' state championship girls lacrosse team, Ramey says she is finally back at 100 percent and is looking forward to making strides with her basketball game.

Ramey has been playing for Lavender since her freshman year, but this was her first season playing with his most competitive team.

“It was a really fun experience. We were in a lot of close games and that's what you play for, to be in tight games against that level of competition,” Ramey said.

The group of girls bonded quickly and, despite limited practices, they developed an immediate chemistry.

The Oregon Elite team didn't feature an abundance of size but was loaded with speed and athleticism and played at a fast pace as it implemented a motion offense.

Ramey got a chance to play against extremely strong competition and also had a chance to be seen by a number of college scouts and coaches.

“For me it was nerve-wracking for the first few tournaments because I've never played at this level before,” Ramey said.

The Oregon Elite team won tournaments in Seattle and in Nashville and reached the semifinals of its most difficult tournament of the summer in North Carolina.

Ramey also enjoyed having the chance to play alongside other athletes who are rivals during the high school season.

“It was eye-opening. The players I'm with work so hard and that's the level I want to get to. It was humbling in a lot of ways,” Ramey said.

Ramey is one of Lake Oswego's most versatile athletes and hopes that her injury woes are behind her. She has previously been the starting goalie for the Lakers' soccer team although she isn't playing soccer this season.

She was also a standout goalie in lacrosse before making the switch to defense last spring.

On the basketball court, Ramey has been a tough defender and one of the Three Rivers League's top rebounders but she also was one of her team's best ball-handlers and has the ability to beat her defender off the dribble while possessing a soft outside shooting touch.

“I've been focusing on my ball-handling and trying to increase my range,” Ramey said.

The Lake Oswego girls basketball program continues to take strides and she is excited for the upcoming season with virtually the entire roster from last season returning.

“I'm really excited for the program. Missing my second season last year was really frustrating,” Ramey said.



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