Twin Falls • Camas County used late 3-pointers and grabbed critical rebounds to defeat Lighthouse Christian 54-52 last night. The Mushers rushed to a 14-2 lead early in the first quarter until the Lions had 14 unanswered points going into the second quarter. After Lighthouse’s 16-14 advantage, the teams battled between 13 lead changes for the remaining three quarters.
Freshman Laken Wolf of Camas County led all scorers with 22 points. With her team down 48-46, she made two 3-pointers in a row to give Camas County the lead at 52-48 with 2:01 left in the game. The Lions’ Chloe Gomez scored four points to bring the game to a tie once more before Etta Seaman, the Mushers’ lone senior, scored the bucket of the game. Gomez would finish as Lighthouse’s leading scorer with 20 points behind seven field goals and two 3-pointers. Seaman had 14 for Camas County.
Lighthouse had their opportunities down 54-52 in the final minute, forcing Camas County to the line in hopes of a missed free throw and an offensive chance at the other end. Camas County missed six straight free throws in the final minute but Lighthouse could neither gather the rebound nor create a shot on the other end.
The Lions, who are looking for their first win of the season, have faced large early deficits before, but head coach Tia Standlee encouraged her girls to keep pressing forward offensively.
“I told the girl to keep taking shots, they will start to fall,” she said. “We started to ride the momentum of the fast break and converted the baskets.”
Helping Lighthouse turn the tide of the game was their defense. Standlee switched to the zone after early foul trouble and stuck with it after seeing Camas County take time to adjust to it.
Missed shots from Camas County allowed Lighthouse to score on the fast break. Gomez and Allison Brandsma led the charge. Gomez scored 15 of her 20 points in the second half and Brandsma finished with 19 in the game.
“We knew when we had the 14-2 lead that Lighthouse would make a run at some point,” said head coach Joel Tews of the Mushers. “We just wanted to keep doing what we do and to give ourselves a shot at the end.”
Earlier, the Lions started the second half on a 6-0 run to take the lead at 29-27. The quarter ended tied at 39-39. Neither team could extend a lead further than four points.
The Lions (0-7 overall) will visit Twin Falls Christian on Thursday and the Mushers (4-4 overall) will host Castleford on Friday.
Camas County 54, Lighthouse Christian 52
Lighthouse Christian 12 10 17 13—52
Camas County 14 13 12 15—54
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN (52)
Gaskill 3, Gomez 20, Brandsma 19, Millenkamp 7, Andreasen 7. Totals: 22 6-15 52.
CAMAS COUNTY (54)
L Wolf 22, K Wolf 11, Seaman 14, Rock 4, Stewart 1, Warren 2. Totals: 19 10-24 54.
3-point goals: Lighthouse 2 (Gomez 2) Camas County 6 (L Wolf 2, K Wolf 3, Seaman)
Fouls: Lighthouse 21, Camas County 14
Fouled out: Gomez (Lighthouse)
Technical Fouls: Seaman (Camas County)