Camas Junior Basketball 5th Grade Team Wins State Championship
Spokane, WA — The Camas Junior Basketball 5th grade girls team won the Washington State Championship Gold Division on Sunday by defeating Lake Washington, Skyline, Inglemoor and Bothell in pool play, which advanced them to the championship game against Woodinville.
“Throughout the weekend defense was their calling card,” said Head Coach, Scott Thompson. “They held teams on average to 22 points, by far the lowest of any team in the 5th grade division.”
In the championship game Woodinville started out hot, hitting three straight jump shots for a 6-0 lead. Despite early offensive struggles, the Camas girls kept it close at the half, down 15-12. The second half was all Camas. The girls held Woodinville to 7 points in the 2nd half and brought the championship home with a 33-22 victory.
The girls had a great fan base at the three-day tournament, which hosted 400 teams.
”Spokane is basketball heaven,” said Thompson. “It was a really cool experience for the girls. We told them to keep it as a team, but then crowd erupted. It was so loud.”
The junior basketball team was formed in November as part of a league that serves as feeder program for the high school.
”It’s very well run,” said Thompson. “And it’s exclusively Camas. They do an incredible job with this program.”
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