On the sidelines: Camas takes the ride of a lifetime

Effort is not always rewarded.

The Camas High School girls gave plenty of it Saturday night, but just could not get over the hump in a 53-43 loss to Franklin in the Sweet 16 game at Bellevue Community College.

Kendra Preuninger led the Papermakers with 12 points. She hit two huge 3-pointers in the second quarter. Senior Tatum Schroeder got hot in the second half and made three baskets from behind the arc for 10 points. Sydney Allen made 9-of-her-10 shots from the foul line. Jenka Stiasna added 6 points, and Lauren Neff and Brenna Khaw each had 3.

While the Quakers extended their lead late in the third quarter, the Papermakers suffered through a rough patch where they couldn’t make any field goals. Camas only had two field goals in the fourth quarter.

“When I look back at this team, I can say they did things the right way,” said head coach Chuck Knight. “Everything you could ever want in a team, they were that team. I couldn’t be more disappointed about how this game turned out for them, but I also couldn’t be more proud of them for their effort.”

The Papermakers were not rewarded for their hard work on this night, but effort did get them to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1978. And that is something these girls can always be proud of.

Read more in the Tuesday, Feb. 28, print edition of the Post-Record.

See you on the sidelines.