Word around town is the Camas and Washougal sports rivalry is not what it used to be, but 16 minutes of girls basketball between the two high schools Tuesday night showed everything it could still be.
A strong fourth quarter propelled the Papermakers to a 48-41 victory at Camas High School, but not before the Panthers roared back from 10 points down to take the lead twice.
Three-point bombs by Darcy Akers and Savannah McDowell had Camas running for cover in the third quarter. Megan Townsend hit McDowell on the run for two points to give Washougal a 30-29 lead, but Melissa Williams tied the game up for Camas at the foul line.
The score was 30-30 heading into the fourth quarter. It was anybody’s ball game.
Townsend spun around Williams to score the leading basket for the Panthers, but Kendra Preuninger delivered from long range to put the Papermakers back up by one.
After some breathtaking misses by both teams, Camas pulled away on the some clutch baskets by Williams and Lauren Neff, and foul shots by Preuninger and Sydney Allen. Townsend powered in six points down the stretch, and Akers and McDowell combined for five points at the foul line, but Washougal ran out of time.
A more detailed feature about this game, with statistics and photographs, will be in Tuesday’s print edition of the Post-Record.
See you on the sidelines.