The Camas High School girls basketball

The Camas High School girls basketball team stepped up to Eastlake and defeated the Wolves 44-35 Wednesday, at the Tacoma Dome. (Dan Trujillo/Post-Record)

Posted: March 2, 2017

The Camas High School girls basketball players didn’t just want to get to the Tacoma Dome. They wanted to win there, too.

The Papermakers checked another goal off the list after they defeated the Eastlake Wolves 44-36 Wednesday, in the first round of the 4A state girls tournament.

Haley Hanson led the way with 16 points. She hit a 3-pointer during a 16-0 run for Camas between the second and third quarters. After Eastlake rallied within two points in the fourth quarter, Hanson made 5 of 6 free throws to help the Papermakers pull away.

“It was an amazing feeling,” Hanson said. “On the bus, we were all saying, ‘We’re not going to lose this game.’ We wanted prove ourselves and put Camas on the map. We finished that game, and it was the best feeling ever.”

Emma Jones got Camas going with seven points, nine rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.

“I love defense. It’s my favorite part of the game,” Jones said. “Getting those steals, especially in big games like this, is so rewarding. It makes you feel like all those practices and all the time you have put in pays off.”

Eastlake started out with a six-point lead in the first quarter. Maggie Wells came off the bench for the Papermakers, scored six points and grabbed five rebounds.

“Just had to win,” Wells said. “It was win or go home. Just had to do it.”

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