Placer girls take second at Coach G. Memorial
AUBURN– The Placer girls basketball team nearly erased a lead of more than 20 points in Saturday’s championship game of its host tournament, the Coach G. Memorial.
Three-pointers by Tyra Al Mujadidi and Anne Lillis and driving baskets from Delaney Keddie cut the deficit to seven points in the fourth quarter, but turnovers ultimately cost the Lady Hillmen against a solid Westlake team from Utah.
“They cover a lot of ground in that 2-3 zone,” said Placer head coach Tony Camillucci of Westlake. “Stuff that we run that usually works wasn’t working. We tried to make forced passes.”
Placer put itself into the championship game after a gritty 61-55 win over Rocklin Friday night.
Despite injuries, foul trouble and a 26-point outburst from Thunder guard Jessie Ruffner, Placer buckled down defensively late in the fourth.
A 3-pointer by Lillis with less than a minute to play gave the Lady Hillmen an eight-point cushion to help advance to Saturday’s championship game against Westlake, a team that the Placer team members have housed and schooled for the last few days.
“It’s been a blast,” said Camillucci. “Our girls get to meet kids from another state and show off Auburn.”
Thursday, Placer began the Coach G. tourney with a 65-46 win over El Dorado. Lillis and Keddie, who scored 13 and 16 points, respectively, in the championship game, were named to the All-Tournament team.
The Lady Hillmen (3-0) opened up 2018 with a big 71-26 win over Bear River Tuesday. Strong all-around play from returning All-League point guard Tyra Al Mujadidi lifted Placer, who outscored the Lady Bruins, 22-9, 22-7 and 24-5 over the first three quarters.
Placer boys take fourth in Redding
The Hillmen battled through the consolation game at the Harlan Carter Tournament in Redding Saturday. Konner Baroni scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter against Newport Saturday, but it was not enough has Placer fell, 68-64.
“I loved the way we competed today,” said Placer head coach Mark Lee. “We just need to work at getting on the same page and execute better as a team.”
Max Petrenko added 17 points and nine rebounds and was named to the All-Tournament team, averaging over 18 points and seven rebounds for the tourney.
After an 0-3 start, the Hillmen got that coveted first win Friday night. Placer raced out to an 18-3 first quarter and kept building the lead.