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Colfax girls win, will host Liberty Ranch in rematch Thursday

Tobiasz leads Lady Falcons with 11 points
By: Mike Ray / Gold Country News Service
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Coming off an 11-day layoff between games, Colfax High girls basketball coach Dave Campbell figured that there would be a little rust on his Lady Falcons’ effort Tuesday in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV playoffs against Los Banos.

“I thought for the most part we played just okay,” Campbell said after watching his Lady Falcons build a big 21-point lead in the second half before settling on a 47-34 opening-round knockout of the Tigers from the Western Athletic Conference.

“We missed a lot of shots and we had some passes get away,” Campbell added. “We’ll definitely have to play better Thursday against Liberty Ranch.”

Colfax, now 19-8 on the season and the No. 2 seed in Div. IV, will host Liberty Ranch of Galt Thursday at 7 p.m.  It will be the second meeting of the season between the Lady Falcons and Hawks, the No. 10 seed who went on the road and defeated No. 7 Calaveras, 39-35 Tuesday.

In December, Colfax handled Liberty Ranch by a 52-20 count in the Liberty Ranch Tournament but Campbell noted that he’s expecting a whole different game this time around.

“They didn’t have their best player when we played them,” Campbell said of Liberty Ranch guard Selina Moore, who leads the Hawks in scoring with 18 points game. “She really makes them go.”

In Tuesday’s game, Colfax didn’t shoot the ball extremely well from the field but the Lady Falcons were able to build a lead they didn’t relinquish because their stingy man-to-man defense limited the visitors to single-digit scoring through the first three quarters.

Harassing the Tigers end-to-end, the Lady Falcons led 12-8, 28-14 and 43-22 at the first three quarter stops before reserves played the fourth stanza.

“Our defense really made up for some of the other stuff we didn’t do,” Campbell said. “The girls really worked hard and hustled.”

Amber Tobiasz led a balanced Colfax attack with 11 points, while Lindsay Biles came off the bench to add nine more with a pair of three-pointers. Raegan Lillie was next with eight markers, while Taylor Avila added six and Kaila Tremoureaux finished with five.

Los Banos, which won an outbracket game last Friday over San Juan to make the three-hour trip to Colfax, scored only 13 field goals in the game, including seven from three-point land. Alexis Barcellos led the Tigers with 19 points, including six treys.