Camas held Moses Lake to 12 points in the second half, but trailed by 17 at the break and didn’t have enough time to come back.
The Papermakers rallied within eight, but the Chiefs held on for a 46-36 victory in the quarterfinal round of the 4A girls state basketball tournament at the Tacoma Dome Thursday.
“We didn’t start out with the same mentality we did [Wednesday],” said senior Teague Schreoder. “We came together and tried to do as much as we could. We’re definitely a fighting team. We didn’t give up and I’m proud of us.”
Neither team shot particularly well from the field. Camas only made 13 of its 44 attempts. Moses Lake went 14 for 36, but nailed six timely 3-pointers.
The Chiefs got hot with four threes in the first half. Jillian Webb, Haley Hanson and Schroeder delivered threes for the Papermakers, but Camas couldn’t sustain any sort of offensive momentum.
The Papermakers held Moses Lake scoreless for about five minutes in the third quarter, but could only come up with three points of their own during that time. The Chiefs ended the drought with another 3-pointer.
Emma Jones, Courtney Clemmer and Madison Freemon made back-to-back-to-back baskets to help Camas cut the deficit down to eight points. Moses Lake put the game out of reach with one more three.
Clemmer scored six points in the fourth quarter. She finished the game with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
“A lot of teams down by that much at halftime come back out and get pummeled. We bounced back and we showed that we can play with any team in the state,” said CHS senior guard Meghan Finley. “I hope we carry that energy into the first half [Friday]. Start strong and finish stronger.”
Camas faces Sunnyside Friday, at 2 p.m. Only the winning team gets to play for a trophy Saturday.
“Everyone wants to play on the last day. We’re going to fight for that, no matter what,” Schroeder said. “One of our core values is togetherness. We need to look for teammates and make that extra pass. When we play like that, we are at our best.”