Bear River took the lead early off a 3-pointer and never looked back.
Kaitlyn Reina had 13 points and 14 rebounds and the Lady Bruins rolled past Colfax 58-23 in a key Pioneer Valley League showdown in Lake of the Pines Thursday night.
“We played a lot better than we did the first time,” said Bear River coach Jeff Bickmore, whose team was handed a 50-41 loss at Colfax on Jan. 16. “We kind of played a little nervous like we didn’t want to mess up last time. Tonight we really got it going. Overall, everyone played together and our defense was really good.”
Savannah Welz had 10 points and Cindy Solomon scored nine points for Bear River (22-2, 7-1), which moved into sole possession of first place in the PVL with the victory.
Kaila Tremoureux had six points and Reagan Lillie added five for Colfax (16-9, 6-2), which fell into a second-place tie with Placer (21-4, 6-2).
“Our ball didn’t go in the hole and theirs did,” said Colfax coach Dave Campbell, whose team trailed 26-13 at half. “Every time we put up a shot, it didn’t go in.”
Bear River also got good outings out of Maddi Dunn and Teryn Rath, who both scored eight points apiece.
“We didn’t shoot great,” Bickmore said, “but we had a lot of put-backs.”
Colfax plays at Center Tuesday. Campbell hopes his team can bounce back.
“Can’t get any worse,” he added.
Bear River, meanwhile, will host Placer in a battle that could determine the outcome of the PVL.
“Now we have to try and win out so we’d be assured of the league championship,” Bickmore said. “Our destiny is in our hands.
“… If we win (against Placer) we’ll win league all by ourselves. If we lose, we’ll probably have a three-way tie between us, Placer and Colfax.”