Effort is not always rewarded.
The Camas High School girls basketball players gave everything they had in their mind, body and spirit Saturday for an opportunity to play in the Tacoma Dome, but the Papermakers just couldn’t shake the No. 4 ranked Franklin Quakers of Seattle, losing 53-43 at Bellevue Community College.
“It’s real simple,” said head coach Chuck Knight after the teary defeat. “I couldn’t be more proud of these girls. I’m just disappointed for them because I wanted everything for them.”
Still, Knight said he can look back at this season with a smile.
“When I look back at this team, I can say that they did things the right way,” he said. “They were such great teammates, hard workers, very ‘coachable’ and reliable. Everything you could ever want in a team, they were that team. I couldn’t be more disappointed for how this game turned out for them, but I also couldn’t be more proud of them for their effort.”
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 netted 9-of-her-10 shots from the foul line. Jenka Stiasna added six points, and Lauren Neff and Brenna Khaw each had three.
Franklin grabbed a 12-8 advantage after the first quarter, before Neff notched a steal and a lay up and Preuninger delivered a 3-pointer to put the Papermakers up by one. The Quakers scored six straight points to go up by five. Preuninger hit another three, Franklin answered with two, Khaw nailed a three for Camas, but the Quakers responded again with a three of their own to lead 25-21 at halftime.