Falcons use late push to make semis

By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Service
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COLFAX — For three quarters Thursday night Colfax High girls basketball coach Dave Campbell watched his No. 2 seed Lady Falcons try and play catch-up with a bruising Argonaut team that was finding success with slashes to the basket and keen three-point shooting. And after three quarters of play and with the two teams tied at 40-40 in their CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV quarterfinal playoff game, Campbell pushed the right button. “We needed to get something going and for the most part the strategy worked,” said Campbell after his Lady Falcons went to full court defensive pressure in a decisive fourth quarter that led to a 58-46 Colfax win. “We had seen them on tape and it was definitely in the game plan.” Sparked by all-around hustling efforts from seniors Ashley Scott, Haley Biles, and Haleigh Lis and sophomores Raegan Lillie and Amber Tobiasz, the Falcons held the Mustangs scoreless over the first five minutes of the final stanza to build a 48-40 lead and get on the victory track. The win for the Falcons (20-9) sends them to next Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin semifinal round at Tokay High in Lodi. Colfax will meet No. 3 seed West Campus with the game time to be announced on Saturday. West Campus defeated Riverbank 47-33 in its quarterfinal on Thursday. In the pivotal fourth quarter, an offensive put-back by Tobiasz, a fhree by Scott and another bucket by Biles after a Scott steal pushed Colfax into a lead at the start of the final stanza it wouldn’t relinquish. With its full court pressure creating havoc, Tobaisz put in another offensive rebound for a 50-42 margin at the 2:30 mark, Colfax then went on to sink eight of its final 10 free throw attempts with Lillie going 4-for-4 at the line and Scott and Tobiasz connecting for a pair apiece. “We knew it was going to be a tough game and it was,” said Campbell. “We started a little slow but I thought we really hung in there and took control in the second half.” Lillie led Colfax’s offense with 15 points while Tobiasz added 14 and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Biles chipped in with 13 more key points including three treys while Lis added six and Scott five. Colfax also received key minutes from Sara Davidson and Mariah Turcotte. Argonaut, which didn’t have a senior play in the game, led 13-9 after a quarter and 27-23 at halftime. The Mustangs, who finished 19-10, were led by Kobie Pettis’ 12 points and 10 each from Karissa Cabri and Cara Totorich.