Underclassmen stepped into key roles for the Camas boys basketball team as the Papermakers ended Battle Ground’s eight-game win streak with an 86-79 victory Thursday in 4A Greater St. Helens League action at Camas.
Battle Ground (9-2, 2-1 4A GSHL) got a big first-half from Tait Spencer as he poured in 23 of his game-high 35 points.
But the Papermakers (8-4, 2-0 4A GSHL) pulled ahead at halftime 42-39 after being down two after the first quarter.
Camas coach Ryan Josephson said freshman Ethan Harris, who scored 13 points off the bench, played “significant minutes after starters and seniors Jamison Carlisle got in early foul trouble and Josh Dabasinskas went down with injury.”
Josephson also pointed to sophomore Cade Washington stepping into to help hold off a Battle Ground run.
“It was a huge game for our young guys who stepped into critical roles,” Josephson said.
Beckett Currie was one of four Papermakers in double figures with 28 points. Theo McMillan scored 18 and Carlisle had 12.
Battle Ground also got 26 points from Trey Spencer, with 17 of those points coming in the second half.
R.A. LONG 55, WOODLAND 42 — Cavin Holden scored 28 points and the Lumberjacks shook off a slow start in a come-from-behind win.
After Woodland took a 16-6 lead through the first quarter, R.A. Long (9-2, 6-0 2A Greater St. Helens League) rallied to take a 24-23 lead at halftime, then outscored the Beavers 21-9 in the third quarter.
TraMayne Jenkins added 12 points and Lonnie Brown Jr. tallied nine points for the ‘Jacks.
Drew Burns scored 15 points to lead Woodland (7-4, 4-2) and Justin Philpot added 10 points.
KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 69, STEVENSON 29 — The Knights jumped out to a 23-4 lead after the first quarter and cruised to their first Trico League win.
Giovanny Evanson scored a game-high 24 points for the Knights (5-7, 1-1).
Ryan Tyler scored 14 and Jaydon Hall added nine. Tyler and Hall each hit three 3-pointers and King’s Way made 10 as a team.
Stevenson (7-2, 0-2) was led by Kacen Bach’s 14-point outing.
KELSO 71, EVERGREEN 53 — The Hilanders capitalized on early turnovers committed by the Plainsmen and earned a 3A Greater St. Helens League win at home.
Kelso (7-4, 3-1) held a 35-20 lead at halftime and maintained a double-digit advantage during the second half.
Evergreen dropped to 5-8 overall and 1-3 in the 3A GSHL with the defeat.
CAMAS 55, BATTLE GROUND 10 — Camas scored 22 and 26 points in the first and second quarters to grab a 4A Greater St. Helens League win at Battle Ground.
Addison Harris scored 13 of her 20 points in the second quarter and Kendall Bachelder chipped in nine points for the Papermakers (11-2, 3-0 4A GSHL).
Yvette Rosales led Battle Ground (0-10, 0-3) with five points.
Girls bowling standout
Hailey Wright of R.A. Long rolled a 220-246, the best two-game set for the Lumberjills this season, in a 2236-1903 win over Fort Vancouver.