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Lady Falcons find way to Tokay

Colfax overcomes 31-point spree by Liberty Ranch's Moore; wins 63-53
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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COLFAX - For the fourth consecutive year, the Colfax Lady Falcons have found the way to Tokay High in Lodi and a berth in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section girls basketball semifinal round.
But if the Lady Falcons are to get over the Tokay hump and reach Sleep Train Arena in search of their first CIF crown since 2004, they’ll have to play perhaps their best game of the season next Wednesday.
“We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us but I think the girls will step up,” said Colfax coach Dave Campbell after hearing that Bradshaw Christian, 25-2, will be the Lady Falcons’ foe next week in Lodi with a starting time to be determined.
“Bradshaw does a good job,” Campbell added. “They’ve made the first two rounds look pretty easy.”
The Colfax coach was referring to Bradshaw’s 62-28 romp over Union Mine on Tuesday that was followed by a 51-22 pasting of West Campus Thursday in the quarterfinals.
“They press and run,” Campbell added. “They don’t play in a strong league but they go out and play tough competition. They’ve beaten Modesto Christian already this year.”
While Bradshaw was cruising into next week’s semifinal round, Campbell’s Lady Falcons had a little bit tougher go of things Thursday in Colfax.
Overcoming a 31-point scoring spree by standout Liberty Ranch guard Selina Moore, Colfax used a 24-point fourth quarter as its impetus in handing the No. 10 seed Hawks a 63-53 setback.
Colfax, now 20-9 on the season, followed a steady one-two-three effort from Kaila Tremoureaux, Amber Tobiasz and Raegan Lillie to break free from a 39-39 deadlock after three stanzas.
“We didn’t want to have any regrets tonight,” said Lillie, who scored 12 of her 14 points in the second quarter to help bring the Lady Falcons back from an 18-11 second-quarter deficit to a 31-25 halftime advantage.
“We needed to pick up our energy level after we got behind and I think we realized that we didn’t want our season to end tonight,” Lillie added. “We’re happy to be moving on.”
Tremoureaux led the Lady Falcons with 18 points, including eight in the pivotal fourth quarter while Tobiasz added 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Also playing key roles for the Colfax girls were Kylie Kirkland, who connected on a key 15-footer at the 1:21 mark that put Colfax up, 56-49, and Taylor Avila who netted six of her game total eight markers in the final eight minutes.
Moore, who didn’t play in Colfax’s 52-20 win over the Hawks in the Galt Tournament back in December, more than made her presence felt in this meeting. The sturdy 5-foot-9 guard hit on 11 field goals, with one trey and was a perfect 8 for 8 from the line.