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Colfax clips Venture, readies for Argonaut

Prep Girls Basketball playoffs
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Service
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COLFAX — A combination of experience and youth carried the Colfax High girls to this season’s Pioneer Valley League basketball championship Tuesday night against Venture Academy of Stockton, the Falcons parlayed the same ingredients to an easy first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff win. “I think we wanted to come out and show that we’re a No. 2 seed,” said senior guard Haley Biles who scored 10 of her team high 12 points in the first half as the Falcons built a commanding 20-point lead by intermission before eventually rolling out to a final 64-34 decision. “We’re starting to get healthy again and I think it showed,” Biles added. “It was nice to see a lot of girls get in and contribute tonight.” Biles and sophomores Raegan Lillie and Amber Tobiasz combined to help the Falcons shoot out to a lead of 8-0 to begin the game. From there, Colfax expanded on a 16-9 first quarter cushion by out-pointing the visiting Mustangs 17-4 in the second quarter to take a big 33-13 lead by the halftime break. Venture Academy, champions of the Mountain Valley Conference which entered the game with a record of 22-2, didn’t have any answers for the Falcons who had 13 different players in the scoring column. Lillie and Kaila Tremoureux both added eight points for the winners while Cassie Harrison and Ashley Scott both chipped in with six markers each. In the fourth quarter, call-ups from Colfax’s PVL championship JV team, Kylie Kirkland, Lindsay Biles and Taylor Avila, combined to tally 11 of the Falcons’ points. Colfax did a very commendable defensive job on Venture senior guard Crystal Cervantes who entered the contest averaging 25 points per game. Drawing double team attention most of the evening, Cervantes finished with 16 points including nine which came in the final quarter. Colfax, now 18-9 on the season, hosts No. 7 Argonaut in a 7 p.m. quarterfinal round game on Thursday. Argonaut defeated No. 10 Bradshaw Christian, 44-28, Tuesday. “Thursday will be an entirely different game,” said Colfax coach Dave Campbell. “Argonaut is very good. They just beat the No. 1 seed Calaveras two weeks ago.”