Suzanne Tennant
Mt Rainier’s Emily Fiso #32 shoots during the final quarter of Tuesday’s playoffs against the Camas Papermakers.

SLIDESHOW: Mount Rainier clouts Camas

All parts were in good working order for the No. 1 state ranked Mount Rainier girls basketball team in a home first round win against Southwest No. 3 seed Camas in the Class 4A West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament on Tues., Feb. 12.

The Rams' (21-1) powerfully punishing press pushed the Papermakers out of circulation, 61-38, to advance to a Feb. 15 match up against Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma. Camas (12-11) faced a loser-out game against E.R. Rogers of Puyallup on the same night.

"We came out with good intensity and defense and rebounded...That was the ball game," said a pleased Ram head coach Bob Bolam.

After Mount Rainier started the game with six consecutive points, Camas responded with a 5-0 run.

At that point, the Rams' breakaway began with 90 seconds of net torching that resulted in a 13-0 scoring salvo and a 19-5 lead. Superb ball movement by Mount Rainier teamed up with the intense defense. Everywhere the Papermakers went the Rams were sure to go.

Even the few wide open looks that Camas often turned into missed shots while the Papermakers were unable to set up their zone before Mount Rainier stormed down court.

The ability of Brittany McPhee to run the court enabled her to release for outlet passes while her dribbling ability made her tough to stop from wherever she got the ball.

The Papermakers were unable to find safe haven anywhere on the court as Mount Rainier was able to go to its reserves early and play mix and match with its lineup while also keeping fresh players in the game.

Turnovers tormented the Papermakers for the entire match up as the Ram lead reached a pinnacle of 34 points near the end of the third quarter at 51-17.

Brittany McPhee ran, dribbled and drove for 33 points while Emily Fiso earned 11. Jordan McPhee notched nine points.

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