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Area roundup: Placer, Bear River girls get wins in tourney openers

Forest Lake Christian overcomes 20-point third quarter deficit to win
By: Journal sports staff
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The Lady Hillmen faced their stiffest challenge of the young season, but the results were still pretty much the same — a victory by a convincing margin.
Placer 63, Foothill 30.
Kirstin Schauble scored 10 points coming off the bench and Maddie Graham added nine points and 11 rebounds in Placer’s opening-round victory at the Harlan Carter Tournament Thursday.
“We played well. It was an eight-point game at half,” said coach Tony Camillucci, whose Lady Hillmen improved to 6-0. “They were definitely the toughest team we’ve played.”
Placer plays Pleasant Valley of Chico at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the second round of the tournament at Shasta High.
On Thursday, other top shooters for Placer included Lauren Collins (10 points), Ariana Jensen (8), Elena Daniel (8), Baylee Vanderdoes (6) and Kerry McCullough (6).
Camillucci said Placer played a much better second half, as his long bench helped wear down the opposition. Most teams don’t have as many players on their roster as Placer, which has 17 girls.
“Bench players played a huge part, especially Kirstin,” Camillucci said.
Raquel Quirarte also chipped in with nine rebounds.

Bear River 75, Wheatland 18 — The Bruins went on a scoring fest Thursday at the opening round of the Marysville Tournament. “Everybody scored tonight,” said assistant coach Merlin Elders. “It was nice.” With a big lead, the Bruins (5-0) got a chance to give everybody an equal amount of playing time. Lauren Runte had 10 points and Michelle Whiting (8), Michelle Taylor (8) Sarah Hagar (8), Kaitlyn Reina (14) and Savannah Welz (9) also made significant contributions to the scoring sheet. The Bruins, who made five 3-pointers while playing without the services of an injured Maddi Dunn, move on to the second round of the tournament Friday to take on Live Oak at 3:30 p.m.

Boys basketball
Forest Lake Christian 66, Wheatland 57
— Chase Augustino had 24 points and three steals to help Forest Lake overcome a 20-point deficit in the third quarter Thursday at the opening round of the Marysville Tournament. Brandon Camacho added 20 points and six rebounds and J.J. Griffith recorded six points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists for the Falcons (4-0), who take on Valley Christian at 5 p.m. Friday in the second round of the round robin affair. Of the win, coach Jason Camacho said, “It’s a big comeback against a big school. They were predicted to win this tournament.”