Lady Falcons top host Oroville for crown

Girls Basketball Roundup
By: Mike Ray
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Grace Bliss tallied 19 points and Natalie Lundberg and Stella Chavez chipped in with 13 and 11, respectively, to help lead the Colfax Lady Falcons past host Oroville, 54-41, in the championship game of Saturday’s Duard Millet Invitational Tournament.

Colfax, 7-1 on the season, fell behind 11-9 after one quarter of action before going on an 18-6 second-quarter run to grab a lead it never relinquished. The tournament win was the second of the season for the Lady Falcons.

Colfax defeated Gridley, 68-41, in Friday’s semifinal round as Bliss scored 23 points, Jazzy Owens netted 17 and Chavez and Aliya McCord followed with 12 and 10.

Bliss was named as the tournament’s MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament squad by Owens. Colfax opens play Thursday in Tracy at the Mountain House Tournament at 8:30 p.m. against Lathrop. Colfax will play Manteca Friday at 8:30 and John Swett (Crockett) Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Lady Eagles third at Rocklin

After running into a highly touted Antelope squad and suffering its first loss of the season in the semifinals, Del Oro’s girls basketball team bounced back Saturday to rally past Reno High, 60-55, to take third place at the Rocklin Tournament.

Jenna Duley had the hot shooting hand in the win over Reno as she meshed 25 points along with five rebounds and three steals. Madison Parry added 10 points and eight rebounds while Katie Neal sank six points and Natalie Moulos five.

Friday, the Lady Eagles were derailed by a hot-shooting Antelope squad as the Titans followed a 24-point scoring spree from sophomore guard Jzaniya Harriel to take an 80-63 win. Duley’s 21 markers, 13 from Parry, 10 by Moulos and nine from Neal led Del Oro.

Both Duley and Parry were tagged to the All-Tournament team.

Bear Creek of Stockton went on to win the tournament defeating Antelope in the finals, 65-56. Del Oro is idle until playing at Foothill Dec. 18. The Lady Eagles will then host their “Tako” Memorial Tournament Dec. 20–22.


Placer third at Harlan Carter

All-Tournament selections Anne Lillis and Delaney Keddie helped lead Placer to a 53-51 squeaker over Eureka for third place in the Harlan Carter Tournament in Redding.

Placer (5-3) trailed Eureka 26-18 at halftime before using a 17-7 third-quarter exchange to get back into the game.

In the semifinals, Placer played a strong game but couldn’t keep up with the fast-breaking Sacramento Dragons and dropped a 64-49 game. Sacramento went on to defeat Enterprise, 73-41 in the tournament’s championship game.

Placer will play in the Lincoln Tournament this weekend.


Bruins seventh at Durham

After two tough early-round losses, Bear River’s girls bounced back with a 39-31 win over Lower Lake on Saturday to finish in seventh place at the Trojan Classic hosted by Durham High School.

Bear River (4-4) opened the tournament with a first-round 55-35 loss to Colusa and a 50-41 setback to

Valley. Bear River will host Forest Lake Christian Thursday at 6 p.m. in the opening round of the Duwaine Ganskie Classic at Bear River.


Sween paces Forest Lake

Forest Lake Christian’s Lily Sween scored 16 points but it wasn’t enough as the Falcons fell to Live Oak, 25-24, in the consolation game of last weekend’s Marysville Tournament.

Forest Lake opened the tourney with a 29-14 win over host Marysville as Sween scored 16 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Freshman Ellie Wood also had a good game with 11 rebounds.

Sween also scored 20 points in Friday’s 42-31 loss to Woodland in the semifinals. The Falcons will play in Bear River’s Ganskie Tournament this weekend.


Wildfires to Kelseyville

Foresthill’s girls basketball team will compete in the Stokes Classic this weekend hosted by Kelseyville High School. Foresthill will open play at 3 p.m. Thursday against Rincon Valley Christian from Santa Rosa.

Foresthill (1-3) opened last weekend’s Western Sierra Small Schools Classic in Rocklin with a 53-13 romp over Alpha Charter of Sacramento. Holly Brooks and Kaya Carveth scored 10 points each for the Wildfires while Cassie Ralston added eight and Makayla Lechner seven. Foresthill then fell to Western Sierra, 45-38, despite 10 points from Carveth.