Feis, Placer pound the glass
Becky Feis’ left shoulder was feeling good Wednesday night and that was bad news for the Bear River High girls basketball team.
Feis led an all-out attack of the glass by Placer as the Lady Hillmen celebrated a second straight victory over a Pioneer Valley League rival at Earl Crabbe Gym. Placer defeated Bear River 54-40 as Feis dominated the paint with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
“We were coming off a high after beating Colfax and we wanted to keep it going,” Feis said.
The 5-11 senior dislocated her shoulder last season and it’s been troublesome ever since. It popped out of place the last time the Lady Hillmen (5-3 PVL, 14-11 overall) played the Bruins – a 36-32 Bear river win – though she played through the pain.
Feis tapes her shoulder each game to help stabilize it. At times it’s been difficult for her to lift her left arm over her head, but she’s been playing virtually pain free of late.
“It’s been feeling better recently,” Feis said. “The tape supports it and makes it so I can go for more rebounds.”
She and her teammates went for plenty of boards against Bear River. Six different Lady Hillmen scored in the first quarter as they built a 15-7 lead. It was 23-7 before the Bruins were able to mount a response, but they still trailed 29-18 at the half.
Bear River (5-3 PVL) cut Placer’s lead to five points on two occasions in the second half. Both times, the Lady Hillmen responded with 6-0 runs to keep the lead safe.
Nicole Parrish and Kerry McCullough scored 10 points apiece. Lauren Collins played well, finishing with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. McCullough added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Jenn Meylor scored 10 of her 14 in the second half to lead the Bruins. Sarah Hagar added nine and Savannah Welz finished with eight, but Bear River could not handle Placer on either end of the floor.
“Our defense has been playing really well and tonight we were able to score,” Placer coach Tony Camillucci said. “They’re just playing with a lot of confidence. We had games like this at the beginning of the year where we had leads and teams would make a run and we’d say, ‘Uh, oh, here we go again.’ Tonight we were able to respond.”
The win will go along way toward securing a playoff spot for Placer, which started the week at No. 15 in Division III. The Lady Hillmen are hungry for more success after knocking off previously unbeaten Colfax and a Bear River team they hadn’t beaten since 2009.
“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing and working hard,” Feis said. “We don’t want to just settle for these big wins.”
Colfax 40, Center 32 at Colfax — The Falcons clinched at least a tie for the PVL title with a steady performance against the Cougars.
Colfax (7-1 PVL) needs one win in its final two games to seal up the outright league crown. Sophomore Regan Lillie paced the Falcons past Center with 13 points. Haleigh Lis scored nine, Ashley Scott added eight and Kayla Tremeroux tossed in seven.
The Falcons will host Bear River on Friday.