Three Clark County teams bring home basketball trophies


Camas girls finished fourth, Union boys placed fifth, and Hudson’s Bay girls took sixth in their tournaments

The Union Titans picked up another piece of hardware for their boys basketball trophy case.

And for the first time, the Camas Papermakers and Hudson’s Bay Eagles know what that feels like in girls basketball.

Camas won the fourth-place game early Saturday morning at the Class 4A girls basketball state tournament in the Tacoma Dome.

The Camas Papermakers are one of a handful of teams in Washington that get to say they won their last game of the season. Camas won the fourth-place game in the Class 4A girls basketball state tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Photo by Heather Tianen
The Camas Papermakers are one of a handful of teams in Washington that get to say they won their last game of the season. Camas won the fourth-place game in the Class 4A girls basketball state tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Photo by Heather Tianen

At the same time in Yakima, Hudson’s Bay fell to Archbishop Murphy in the fourth-place game at the Class 2A girls tournament. Still, by making it to the final day of the basketball season, the Eagles were awarded the sixth-place trophy.

For Camas and Hudson’s Bay, those are both historic pieces of memorabilia. Those programs had never brought home a trophy from a state tournament.

The Union boys, meanwhile, ended up with a fifth-place trophy after falling in the third-place game Saturday afternoon in the Class 4A tournament.

Union coach Blake Conley said earlier in the week just being in Tacoma was special, considering all everyone has been through the past two years. No tournament last year, and by the end of this past December and into January, games were being canceled or rescheduled during the peak of Omicron. There was worry among coaches that there might not be a state tournament this year.

But the 4A and 3A tournaments did go on in Tacoma, and the 2A and 1A tournaments were played in Yakima, and the B schools got their big event in Spokane.

And on Saturday, on the last game of the season, the final three Clark County basketball teams enjoyed one final game together.

Class 4A girls

Camas added to its state tournament record of made 3-pointers on Saturday, holding off a furious Richland rally to win the fourth-place game 49-45.

Reagan Jamison of Camas holds up the team’s fourth-place trophy Saturday morning at the Tacoma Dome. Jamison averaged 17.5 points and 11.3 rebounds in her four games in the dome. Photo by Heather Tianen
Reagan Jamison of Camas holds up the team’s fourth-place trophy Saturday morning at the Tacoma Dome. Jamison averaged 17.5 points and 11.3 rebounds in her four games in the dome. Photo by Heather Tianen

Reagan Jamison completed her incredible postseason run with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocked shots and should be a shoo-in for the all-tournament team. Ava Smith had 12 points and two assists. And Kendall Mairs crushed it on the boards, grabbing 15 rebounds to go with her nine points for the Papermakers.

Camas’ Ava Smith finished the season strong with 12 points and two steals in the Papermakers’ win over Richland on Saturday. Photo by Heather Tianen
Camas’ Ava Smith finished the season strong with 12 points and two steals in the Papermakers’ win over Richland on Saturday. Photo by Heather Tianen

Camas led by 19 in the third quarter and still had a 14-point lead in the fourth. Richland did go on a 13-0 run to make it close, but the Papermakers hit their free throws to seal the deal.

This is the eighth state tournament trip for the Camas girls, dating back to 1978, and the fifth consecutive appearance. It is the first time the Papermakers have placed.

Camas’ Kendall Mairs goes up strong against Richland in Saturday’s fourth-place game at the Tacoma Dome. Mairs finished with nine points and a team-high 15 rebounds. Photo by Heather Tianen
Camas’ Kendall Mairs goes up strong against Richland in Saturday’s fourth-place game at the Tacoma Dome. Mairs finished with nine points and a team-high 15 rebounds. Photo by Heather Tianen

They secured a trophy with a victory on Friday. Parker Mairs noted then: “We’re the best at Camas to ever do it. The greatest.”

The Papermakers are also the best at making a lot of 3-pointers. Camas made six on Saturday, bringing the team’s total to 37 for the four games in Tacoma. Woodinville made 26 in 2006. Camas also made 12 in Friday’s game, the new mark for most in one tournament game.

Class 4A boys

The Union Titans fell behind early and missed out on taking home the third-place trophy Saturday at the dome, falling to Olympia 57-48.

Instead, Union finished in fifth place in all of Class 4A Washington.

Union senior Jamison Limbrick shoots a fadeaway in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. Limbrick said getting to play one final game with his teammates was going to be special. Photo by Heather Tianen
Union senior Jamison Limbrick shoots a fadeaway in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. Limbrick said getting to play one final game with his teammates was going to be special. Photo by Heather Tianen

Bryson Metz, the co-player of the year for the 4A Greater St. Helens League, completed his stellar career with 17 points for the Titans. Yanni Fassillis added 12. 

Olympia used a 15-3 run to take command. The Bears led by 10 at the half, then held Union to seven points in the third quarter.

Union’s Yanni Fassillis, a junior, will be one of the top returning players in Southwest Washington next season. Photo by Heather Tianen
Union’s Yanni Fassillis, a junior, will be one of the top returning players in Southwest Washington next season. Photo by Heather Tianen

While not the finish the Titans were hoping for going into the week, it is another trophy for the program. Union has now placed eight times in 10 appearances dating back to 2009.

The Titans lost to Curtis in the championship semifinals late Friday night. While no one wanted to have to play in the third-place game, players and coaches talked about it being a blessing to get one more game on Saturday.

“The last four years have been amazing,” senior Jamison Limbrick said Friday night. “The coaching staff. The players. Watching myself develop. Watching everyone else develop. It’s been great.”

The Union Titans finished in fifth place in the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament. It is the eighth time the program has placed at state since 2009. Photo by Heather Tianen
The Union Titans finished in fifth place in the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament. It is the eighth time the program has placed at state since 2009. Photo by Heather Tianen

Class 2A girls

The Hudson’s Bay Eagles had such an amazing rally just to get to a trophy game, coming back in the final two minutes Friday to extend the season into Saturday.

They might have run out of gas in the trophy game, but the Eagles are bringing home a trophy. Archbishop Murphy overtook the Eagles in the second half Saturday for a 66-59 victory to take fourth place. Hudson’s Bay ended up with the sixth-place trophy.

This is Bay’s first hardware in girls basketball in its fifth appearance dating back to 1975.

Hudson’s Bay junior Mahaila Harrison, shown here at regionals last week, scored 26 points Saturday. The Eagles lost the game, but they took home a trophy from the state tournament for the first time in program history. Photo by Heather Tianen
Hudson’s Bay junior Mahaila Harrison, shown here at regionals last week, scored 26 points Saturday. The Eagles lost the game, but they took home a trophy from the state tournament for the first time in program history. Photo by Heather Tianen

Mahaila Harrison continued her postseason scoring surge leading the Eagles with 26 points. A junior, she also had team-highs of 10 rebounds and two steals. 

Aniyah Hampton had 12 points, including two 3-pointers, in her final game with Bay. Paytin Ballard, also a senior, had 10 points.

Hudson’s Bay senior Aniyah Hampton, shown here last week at regionals, finished her career with more than 1,000 points, plus she helped the Eagles place in state for the first time. Photo by Heather Tianen
Hudson’s Bay senior Aniyah Hampton, shown here last week at regionals, finished her career with more than 1,000 points, plus she helped the Eagles place in state for the first time. Photo by Heather Tianen

Archbishop Murphy shot 54 percent from the floor in the second half, erasing a small deficit.

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