Those who were inside the Panther jungle gym Friday night will never forget the moment Washougal flipped the switch on Camas.
Both boys basketball teams scored eight points in eerie silence. Once the Panthers got to 10, their fans let the Papermakers have it by screaming at the top of their lungs in unison. The sound waves rippled through both towns, and the noise stayed at an ear-piercing volume for hours.
“I had never seen so many people in this gym in all the games I have played here,” said Washougal senior guard Michael McElroy.
“I don’t think there ever was a question,” added senior forward Aaron Deister. “The crowd brought the energy to us. The fans were quiet at the beginning. We were just waiting for them to erupt. I’ll never forget the moment when they did.”
Washougal defeated Camas 59-48. Austin Tran led the balanced attck for the Panthers with 15 points.