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Colfax, BR one game from final

Prep Girls Basketball
By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Colfax High and Bear River girls basketball teams would both like one more chance to settle the score. If they can both win their respective Sac-Joaquin Section semifinal games today, they’ll get the chance, on the Sacramento Kings’ home court. The Pioneer Valley League rivals, who split their regular season series, will play at Tokay High in Lodi today. Colfax will take the court at 4 p.m. as the No. 2 Falcons clash with No. 3 West Campus. Fourth-seeded Bear River will take on Calaveras — the top seed in Division IV — at 5:30. The winners will play for the section championship on Saturday at Power Balance Pavilion at 11:30 a.m. The Bruins (20-8) have locked up their two playoff opponents with their quick defense. They will need more of the same against the Redskins (26-3), who beat them 61-40 in the section semifinals last season. Calaveras is led by senior guards Savannah Duncan (11 points per game) and Nikki Gleason (10 ppg). Bear River counters with senior standout Jenn Meylor, who averages 18.4 points per game along with 4.1 steals. Junior Savannah Welz is a key with her outside shooting and junior Sarah Hagar is an unsung hero with her defense and rebounding. Colfax (18-8) made it look easy against West Campus last season, beating the Warriors 59-24 in the second round of the playoffs. The Falcons expect a much tougher challenge today. They will rely on steady senior Haley Biles — the PVL’s Most Valuable Player — for leadership at point guard. Fellow seniors Haleigh Lis and Ashley Scott will also need to come up big for Colfax, which fought past Argonaut 58-46 in last week’s second round of the playoffs. West Campus (23-5) has a pair of quality post players in junior Haley Shaner and sophomore Erianna Williams. Shaner leads the Warriors with more than 16 points per game. Williams chips in with 11.