Lightning struck twice for Camas at Skyview Friday night, in the form of Teague Schroeder.
With the game tied after eight lead changes in the fourth quarter, Schroeder hit her second 3-pointer of the game with six seconds left on the clock to propel the Papermakers to a 49-46 victory.
“I’m going to take this shot, and I’m going to make it,” Schroeder told herself. “I had total confidence, which is key during those situations. I just let it go.”
The ball still had to land in the basket. When it did, the Papermakers jumped for joy. Once time expired, the celebration continued.
“All of the hard work and preparation for this game was worth it for that one moment,” Schroeder said.
This was the first time Skyview lost a league game in 41 contests dating back to 2011.
Camas (10-3, 5-0 in league) pushes its win streak to nine games.
“We’ve come from behind so many times during this winning streak; I’ve lost count,” said head coach Chuck Knight. “These girls are resilient and they deal with adversity well.”
Nikki Corbett played huge in the paint for the Papermakers. The senior scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots. And when she was fouled, she netted 7-of-10 shots from the line.
“I’ll never ever forget this game for as long as I live,” Corbett said. “For the four years I’ve been in high school, Skyview has been untouchable. Just to be able to play with them, match them point-for-point and come out with a win, words can’t describe how I’m feeling right now.”
Skyview let an eight-point advantage slip away in the second quarter. Schroeder beat the halftime buzzer with a three to bring Camas back within one.
“From that point on, we knew we needed to step it up and go right after them,” Schroeder said.
Brenna Khaw racked up seven points and several assists. She and Corbett fed off each other all night. Meghan Finley added three points, and Rachel Gray and Courtney Clemmer both had two.
The difference between this Camas team and the ones of the past was the composure it displayed during the final minutes when the lead changed on each possession.
The Papermakers made their last one of the game count. Finley took 27 seconds off the clock before patiently passing the ball to Schroeder on the wing. The rest was history.
Camas goes back to work tonight at Mountain View. This season is far from over.
“Every team has come hard at us. We know that if there’s any let down on our part, we can get beat,” Knight said. “Our goal is to keep having great practices so we can continue to get better and have fun.”
Camas boys complete sweep
It was raining threes in the first quarter, but the Papermakers weathered the Storm and had their own downtown parade.
Trevor Jasinsky delivered two 3-pointers to jump start a sluggish Camas offense in the third quarter. Ethan Unger and Andre De Los Rios also connected from behind the arc to help Camas beat Skyview 58-44.
“When league starts with five away games and only one at home, you have to find ways to win on the road,” Jasinsky said. “We worked really well as a team. We did everything we could to get this win.”
Jake Hansel, De Los Rios and Jasinsky went a combined 7-for-8 from the foul line as the Papermakers pulled away with the victory in the final minutes.
Jasinsky finished with 16 points, Unger earned 13 and Hansel had 10.
Camas has one more road test at Mountain View tonight. Then it’s home for rematches against Evergreen, Union and Skyview.
“How we practice is how we play,” De Los Rios said. “Intensity and adversity are important.”
Earlier in the week, Jasinsky received some surprising news. He was one of 800 high school basketball players to be nominated as a McDonald’s All-American.
“This is what all the hard work has been for,” Jasinsky said. “It’s an honor. I’m overwhelmed by it. Every one on this team aspires for more.”