Colfax girls take control of PVL with win over Placer

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Coach Dave Campbell feels like his Lady Falcons were the hungrier bunch. 

Lindsay Biles scored 12 points, Kaila Tremoureux added nine and the Colfax girls basketball team seized control of the Pioneer Valley League with a 51-44 victory over visiting Placer Thursday night.

“The girls were prepared to play this game,” Campbell said. “Any time we play Placer it’s an exciting game for them. They knew the impact of this game. We prepared very hard for this and they were ready to play. They came out and wanted to win more than Placer did tonight. I know Placer wanted to win, but our girls wanted it a little bit more tonight.”

Colfax (15-8, 5-1) jumped out to an early 6-1 lead and led throughout except when Placer (19-4, 4-2) managed to even the score at 11-11 at the end of the first period.

By halftime the Lady Falcons held a 26-19 advantage and pulled away to a 31-21 advantage in the third quarter. Placer came within three in the second half, but could never catch Colfax.  

“We played really strong defense and we were able to finish our layups,” Biles said. “We kept battling and never put our heads down.”

Colfax found its way to the foul line 34 times, while the Lady Hillmen had just 16 shots from the charity stripe. Placer coach Tony Camillucci said that was one of the keys to Colfax’s victory, as well as its good, fundamental defense. 

Elena Daniel had a game-high 15 points and Baylee Vanderdoes chipped in with eight points for the Lady Hillmen, who have lost two of their last three PVL games and now need help if they are to claim a share of the league crown.

“Now they’re definitely in the driver’s seat,” Camillucci said of Colfax. “We need Bear River to beat them, and we need to win out. Maybe we can all share the title. That’s the best we can do at this point probably. We still have to beat everybody. … We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”

Bear River (20-2, 5-1), which defeated Foothill 57-17 Thursday behind strong games from Maddi Dunn (12 points) and Kaitlyn Reina (12 points, 15 rebounds), holds a PVL win over Placer but suffered its only league loss to Colfax. Placer previously beat Colfax in an overtime matchup in Auburn.

“This puts a big monkey wrench in the PVL,” Campbell said of his team’s win. “All of us coaches knew coming into it, any game you better be ready to play. This is a big win for us. We’re looking forward to playing Bear River next week. Bottom line is, we want to win this.”

Colfax hosts Foothill Tuesday, while Bear River visits Lincoln and Placer hosts Center. All three games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

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