COOS BAY — The Southwestern Oregon Community College women’s basketball teams came up just short during one the best efforts of the season Saturday, falling to visiting Clackamas 82-77.
The Lakers trailed the Cougars by nine points at halftime and with five minutes to go. But SWOCC cut the lead to two points and trailed by just four with about a minute to go when the Lakers missed a 3-pointer on their end and Kat Hilton of Clackamas hit her only shot of the game — also a 3-pointer — to give the Cougars the cushion they needed to hold on for the victory.
Jasey Ramelow had 19 points, Abby Neff 14, Jessica Petersen 13, Madi Bell nine and Katie Pearce eight for the Lakers.
CJ Buckely had 29 and Ambreece Gaskins 18 for the Cougars, who improved to 6-4 and currently hold fourth place, which would give the Cougars the final spot in the NWAC tournament for the South Region. The Lakers fell to 2-9.
SWOCC’s men also fell to the Cougars, 91-69.
Clackamas jumped out to a 43-26 halftime lead on the cold-shooting Lakers.
“We just did not shoot the ball in the first half, so they were able to get the lead” SWOCC coach Trevor Hoppe said.
The Lakers shot just 27 percent, including 1-for-12 from 3-point range, in the opening 20 minutes.
“We shot the ball a lot better in the second half,” Hoppe said. “I appreciated how hard we played. They just kept going even though (Clackamas) had the lead.”
Ransford Ntow Jr. had 15 points, Moses Miller 12 and Keenan Reynolds 10 for the Lakers in the loss. Jake Gomez and Tanner Lewis added eight points and Carson Washburn seven on a day of balanced scoring.
It wasn’t enough to keep up with the Cougars, who got 19 points from Adam Gehrig, 18 from Clay Sullivan and 17 from Robert Ford.
Both SWOCC teams are looking for something positive in the final weeks of the season, with just a combined three region wins.
“We talked about it in the locker room,” Hoppe said. “We’ve got to stay positive with each other. We’ve got to stay together. We’ve got to keep working.”
The Lakers are at Umpqua on Wednesday.