For Colfax girls, it was a good day

Tobiasz records triple-double for Falcons in win vs. Casa Roble
By: Trevor Horn / Special to the Journal
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ORANGEVALE – With continuous defensive pressure, great floor vision and a dominating game inside the paint the Colfax girls basketball team, led by a triple-double from senior Amber Tobiasz, ended a two-game losing streak with a 57-31 road win against Casa Roble on Tuesday night.
Like bees to honey, the Falcons (6-3) swarmed the Rams (0-7) all evening on the defensive end, routinely picking off errant passes and playing tight half-court pressure.
And like any solid bee colony, there is a queen bee.
That obviously was Tobiasz, who led the Falcons with 16 points, 14 rebounds and an amazing 10 steals to cap off a stellar night for the senior.
“Amber is a returning varsity player and she brings a lot to the table,” Colfax head coach Dave Campbell said. “She brings a lot to the court. She has a nose for the basketball. She sees the floor very well defensively as well as offensively.”
But it was her presence on defense and rebounding in the first half that set the pace for the Falcons.
“She can step in passing lanes and create turnovers for us,” Campbell said. “It is her experience and her love for the game is what puts her above and beyond some of the other players.”
Early in the first quarter while Tobiasz was unable to convert on open looks in the paint, her defense and steals opened up fast break opportunities as senior Kayla Tremoureaux led all scorers with 10
points as Colfax took a 20-9 first quarter lead.
All five starters scored in the opening frame for Colfax.
Colfax, leading 35-19 at the half, outscored Casa Roble 22-11 in the second half with a continuing swarming defense and full-court play on offense.
“In the second half, I thought we settled down a little bit and took care of business,” Campbell said.
With a double-digit lead from the 11-minute mark in the second quarter on, Colfax was able to go deep into the bench and get quality playing time for the younger players.
“We did well as a team today and even got to get in the younger kids and they play really well together. I think we did good as a team today,” Tobiasz said.
Three Falcons scored in double figures as Tremoureaux scored 11 and junior Reagan Lillie scored 10 points as eight Falcons scored in the full team effort.
But sounding like a coach with high expectations for his team, Campbell understands that there is room for improvement with less than a month before Pioneer Valley League play begins on Jan. 9 at Placer.
“We need to capitalize and not stoop to other teams’ levels,” Campbell said.
“We need to play Colfax basketball. We need to play good defense and execute on the offensive end and we need to be fundamentally sound.”