Co-PVL champs go down in openers

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The top two girls basketball teams in the Pioneer Valley League finally bowed out of the postseason Tuesday night. It was only fitting that co-champions, and bitter rivals, Bear River and Colfax fell on the same night in the CIF Northern California playoffs.
The Bruins lost 82-48 at Scotts Valley.
Bear River (25-6) could not handle the home team’s size and skill. The Bruins fell behind early and trailed 39-24 at the half.
Senior Kelsey Uno played well in the final game of her career, finishing with 17 points and two steals. Fellow senior Lindsey Harter had nine assists, three steals and two blocks.
Sophomore Sara Hagar added 11 points and five rebounds while junior Jenn Meylor had six steals, four rebounds and two blocks.
Bear River finished the season 25-6.
- Todd Mordhorst

Lassen 62 Colfax 47 at Susanville — A slow start ended up haunting the Colfax girls as the Falcons saw their season end in the first round of the CIF girls Div. IV Northern California regional tournament.
Colfax, having trouble finding its shooting touch over the first two quarters, fell behind 18-6 before the first quarter ended and trailed 33-14 at intermission against the North Section champion Grizzlies (17-13).
But the Falcons with Michelle Walker, April Littlejohn and Haley Biles leading a second half charge, made the game interesting.
“We didn’t quit and I’m proud of the girls for that,” said Colfax coach Dave Campbell whose squad ended the season with a record of 23-8. “We just got in a hole early that we couldn’t get out of.”
Colfax battled back from its big deficit and outscored the Grizzlies 14-10 in the third quarter. The Falcons got as close as 55-44 with just over three minutes left to play but the hosts hit their free throws down the stretch.
Walker, who picked up three early fouls and sat most of the second quarter, scored 12 points for the Falcons as did Littlejohn.
“We had a good season,” Campbell added. “We won a piece of the league and had a nice playoff run. The seniors did a real good job this season.”
- Mike Ray