TACOMA — For a team that can shoot lights out from 3-point range, it shouldn’t come as a surprise the Camas Papermakers set not one — but two — Class 4A girls basketball state tournament records Friday for 3-point shooting.
But it did come as a surprise to the Papermakers when they learned the news from head coach Scott Thompson postgame. Camas set 4A tournament records for 3-pointers in a game (12) and tournament (31 and counting) in its 54-39 consolation victory over Lake Stevens.
“It’s awesome; we had no idea at all,” said junior guard Anna Mooney. “We were just playing the game, staying together and hitting our shots.”
The records also made the win even sweeter because on top of it, Camas earned its first state trophy in girls basketball. The Papermakers face Richland in Saturday’s 8 a.m. fourth-place game.
In seven prior state appearances, no Camas teams have played on the final day of a state tournament.
Mooney’s two 3s — which accounted for all six of her points Friday — broke both the single-game and tournament records held by Glacier Peak (11) and Issaquah (27), respectively. The tournament record of 31 also is an all-time 4A mark, accounting for the old 16-team, double-elimination field the WIAA used from 1974-2010. The previous mark was 28 by Woodinville.
Less than 24 hours after a tough overtime loss against Sumner, the energy for Friday couldn’t have been better, sophomore Parker Mairs said.
“We came into this game with so much confidence in each other,” she said.
And that fueled the Papermakers from the start.
After hitting nine in its first-round win Wednesday, and 10 in the quarterfinal loss Thursday, Camas came out and hit its first three of the game, and five of its first six. By halftime, it was 6 of 13 from 3-point range for a 33-25 advantage.
The hot shooting continued in the second half, leading to a double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter. In all, eight Papermakers hit at least one 3, and four — Keirra Thompson, Ava Smith, Mooney, and Mairs had multiple.
Camas has a shot at the all-classification girls basketball tournament mark for 3s. Mark Morris hit 39 in 2015.
But their focus isn’t on records, but more so on setting another historical mark for Camas girls basketball: earn its first state trophy.
“It gives me chills because it’s such an honor,” Mooney said.
CAMAS 54, LAKE STEVENS 39
LAKE STEVENS — Ella Edens 3, Perla Ruiz 2, Chloe Pattison 11, Emma Saylor 3, Melanie Delestrez 0, Baylor Thomas 6, Kamryn Wenz 0, Cori Wilcox 8, Nisa Ellis 6, Madelyn Ask 0, Camille Jentzsch 0. Totals 14-43 (4-19) 7-11 39.
CAMAS — Reagan Jamison 10, Kendall Mairs 5, Parker Mairs 6, Kendall Bachelder 0, Anna Mooney 6, Sammi Guffey 3, Sophie Buzzard 0, Riley Sanz 8, Ava Smith 8, Anny Stoller 0, Keirra Thompson 8. Totals 19-45 (12-27) 4-7 54.
Lake Stevens 17 8 10 4 – 39
Camas 19 14 12 9 – 54