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Colfax locks up title in Lincoln

Prep Girls Basketball
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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It wasn’t easy, but Colfax High finished off Lincoln and kept the Pioneer Valley League championship to itself Wednesday night.
The Falcons pulled out a 36-25 win on the road to cap an 8-2 run through the PVL and claim first place. Colfax shared the PVL title with Bear River last season, but finished alone atop the standings this year.
“This group really struggled at the beginning of the year, but they came together just before league,” Colfax coach Dave Campbell said. “They developed some chemistry and realized this was what they wanted. They worked really hard the first half of league and went 6-0 and had a lot of fun. We had minor setbacks with Placer and Bear River, but they’re really resilient and they find a way to win.”
Sophomore Regan Lillie and senior Haleigh Lis scored eight points each for Colfax, which has struggled with illnesses in recent weeks. Haley Biles added seven points and Ashley Tobiasz added six.
Colfax will host a first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff game on Tuesday. The brackets will be released by the section office on Sunday.
Foothill 66, Placer 51 at Sacramento — The Lady Hillmen may have played their final game of the 2011-12 season as the Mustangs pulled away in the fourth quarter in the Pioneer Valley League finale.
Senior Nicole Parrish poured in 19 points, but it wasn’t enough as Foothill outscored Placer by 12 points in the final frame. Becky Feis had eight points and 10 rebounds while Kerry McCullough added seven.
Placer began the week at No. 15 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III power ratings. The top 16 teams will make the playoffs, which begin next Tuesday.
“It’s a great group of kids,” Placer coach Tony Camillucci said. “Our two seniors, Becky and Nicole, improved so much. They did a nice job leading by example and this is a young team, so the improvement is what you want. I think Kerry really emerged as a premier point guard. She really came into her own.
“This was a great team to coach. They’re great students, great kids. As far as wins and losses, we didn’t have as many wins as we want, but we try not to judge the season by the record.”
Placer finished 5-5 in the PVL and dropped to 13-12 overall.
Bear River 60, Center 45 at Lake of the Pines — The Bruins closed out PVL play with a solid win over the Cougars to finish 7-3 in league.
Sophomore Maddi Dunn sparked Bear River with a career-high 12 points while fellow sophomore Teryn Rath added nine points and 12 rebounds. Senior Jenn Meylor scored 17 and junior Sarah Hagar added 11 for the Bruins, who will host a first-round playoff game on Tuesday, and possibly a second-round game on Thursday if they win their opener.