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Placer’s loss makes Thursday’s showdown do-or-die

By: Journal Sports Staff
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A slow start cost the Placer High girls a shot at locking up a playoff berth Tuesday night in Placerville. Now the Lady Hillmen will have to take care of business Thursday at Earl Crabbe Gym. Placer lost to Pioneer Valley League champion El Dorado 59-48 despite 17 points from junior Kayla Reeves. The Cougars jumped out to a 30-13 lead and held off a rally in the second half to win. Senior Shelby Madigan scored 12 points and junior Bethany Feis added 11 for Placer (9-14 overall, 7-4 PVL). The Lady Hillmen were outscored 20-7 at the free throw line. Placer is No. 15 in this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III power ratings. A win over Colfax on Thursday would likely clinch a playoff berth. Bear River 47, Whitney 39 at Lake of the Pines — The Bruins trailed 19-18 at halftime, but stormed back with a 13-3 run in the third quarter to get the victory. Senior Talore Spencer scored 15 points and Melanie Fry added 10 for Bear River (17-8 overall, 8-3 PVL). Junior Whitney Smith also scored seven points. The Bruins are No. 8 in the Division IV power ratings, but will likely need a victory over El Dorado at home on Thursday to clinch a first-round home playoff game. Del Oro 57, Granite Bay 55 at Loomis — The Golden Eagles survived a furious charge by the Grizzlies to remain unbeaten in the Sierra Foothill League. Courtney Nolen had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to lead Del Oro (22-1 overall, 11-0 SFL). Sam Hodge added 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Eagles and Katie Pulliam scored 11. Granite Bay trailed 11-2 at the end of the first quarter, but used 11 3-pointers to get back in the game. Sarah Sciascia led the Grizzlies with 25 points. Del Oro remained No. 1 in the Division III power ratings this week. Colfax 50, Lincoln 30 at Colfax — Senior Katie Cassilagio led the Falcons to a big win in her final home game with 10 points, six assists and five rebounds. The Falcons (16-10 overall, 7-4 Pioneer Valley League) opened up a close game with a 16-8 push in the second quarter and put the game away in the fourth. Junior Audrey Lewis scored nine points in the win. Colfax is No. 13 in this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV power ratings and will open the playoffs on the road next Tuesday after its PVL finale at Placer Thursday. Encina 58, Golden Sierra 38 at Sacramento — The Bulldogs delivered a crushing blow to the Grizzlies’ playoff chances. Golden Sierra (12-13 overall, 8-3 Golden Empire League) is No. 17 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV power ratings. The top 16 teams in the division make the playoffs. Senior Shannon Cummings scored eight points to lead the Grizzlies. Jaimey Danielson-McKeague and Tabitha Thompson added seven apiece. Golden Sierra’s junior varsity team beat Encina to remain undefeated.