Students were out of school Monday, but not the Camas High School girls basketball team.
Two days after qualifying for the Sweet 16 for the first time in 34 years, the Papermakers got back to work. While the school’s hallways and classrooms were empty, they were bouncing basketballs in the gym during the early hours of the morning before heading back up to Clover Park High School in Lakewood to play their fourth game in six days.
“It feels good,” said senior co-captian Sydney Allen. “We haven’t been this far since ‘78.”
Allen delivered 21 points Monday to help the Papermakers defeat Lakes of Lakewood 59-56 for third-place in the bi-district tournament. Sierra Brown added 16 points off the bench. Brenna Khaw made two clutch free throws in the final 19 seconds of the game to give Camas some breathing room.
“I don’t think they overlooked this game at all. They were motivated to play,” said head coach Chuck Knight. “We had some fatigue from playing our fourth game in the last six days, but the girls gutted it out and got the win. They really wanted it, and it showed.”