TACOMA — As a friend, Maggie Wells thought Courtney Clemmer was nuts.
As a teammate, she thought the fellow senior’s gutsy effort was courageous, especially for the team’s sake.
“I’m so proud of her,” Wells said, “and stepping through the pain and making it through.”
Never before in her four-year basketball career at Camas has Clemmer missed a game because of injury. And she wasn’t about to even after seeing four doctors and specialists in a 24-hour window for her ailing back.
But the good news about winning a 4A girls bi-district quarterfinal — which Camas did Saturday defeating Rogers of Puyallup 56-46 to clinch a spot in 4A regional round of state — is rest. The Papermakers (15-6) don’t play again until Thursday, when they meet Kentridge in the bi-district semifinals at 7:45 p.m. in Puyallup.
Saturday’s win also makes the pain and discomfort level not as bad, Clemmer said.