Placer finds a rhythm over Del Oro

Hoops Roundup
By: Mike Ray
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LOOMIS– The Hillmen boys basketball team built a big lead up over the Golden Eagles and then held off the hosts for the non-league 61-46 win.

Placer (2-4), led 18-8 after a quarter and 39-18 at halftime. Del Oro then scored the first seven points of the second half, but Placer answered with a 10-2 run of its own before pulling away for the win.

Logan Lauck’s 12 points and 11 from Owen Tucker paced Placer. Jack Welty scored 12 for the Golden Eagles (0-1). Placer plays Clear Lake at 3:30 Thursday in the Woodland Tournament while Del Oro plays Bella Vista Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Antelope Holiday Classic.

Bear River 93, Mesa Verde 71

The Bruins raced out to a 26-0 lead over the Mavericks and never looked back in the easy season-opening non-league win. Bear River, which led 50-35 at halftime, was led by Brad Smith’s 25 points and 22 from Justin Powell.

Bear River heads to the Mt. Shasta Tournament this weekend. The Bruins open play against Klamath Union from Klamath Falls, Oregon.  

Foresthill 67, Leroy Greene Academy 62

The Wildfires, trailing 32-27 at halftime, outscored Leroy Greene 17-9 in the third quarter to get on their way to the road win.

Hunter Williams had a fine all-around effort for Foresthill as he tallied 18 points, grabbed seven boards, handed out four assists and also came up with eight steals. Jaycie Zapata added 15 points and Kaiden Pennington and Justin Leyba scored eight each. Foresthill plays Galt at 8 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Warrior Tip Off in Galt.



Lady Falcons romp past Placer, 55-33

Colfax girls basketball coach Rich Simpton said before the season that he thought his Lady Falcons would be more of an uptempo team this season. He may be right.

Using a running game and swarming man-to-man full court press as their catalyst, the Lady Falcons, with four sophomores in the starting lineup, diced up Placer, 55-33, Tuesday night in a non-league game at Pucci Pavilion.

“I think our speed in general really worked to our advantage tonight,” said Simpton. “We got off to a good start and a lot of different people gave us some very good minutes.”

Colfax (4-1) led 32-15 at halftime as Grace Bliss pumped in 12 of her game-high 19 points over the first two quarters. Jazzy Owens chipped in with 13 more points for the winners while Stella Chavez and Natalie Lundberg both contributed nine points apiece.

The Lady Falcons play Sutter at the Duard Millet Tournament in Oroville at  6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Placer (3-2) was led by Anne Lillis and Delaney Keddie with 10 points each. Placer plays Foothill of Palo Cedro Thursday at 4 p.m. in the first round of the Harlan Carter Tournament being played at Shasta High in Redding.

El Dorado 51, Bear River 47

The Bruins, who won last weekend’s Live Oak Tournament, were clipped in the close game played at Lake of the Pines Tuesday. Bear River defeated Yuba City to win the Live Oak tourney with Gabi Corralejo and Sarah Aanenson both being named All-Tournament.

Bear River travels to the Durham Classic for a 6 p.m. game Thursday with Colusa.