Placer girls keep it simple vs. Lincoln, win big

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Keeping it simple turned out to be the key.

After the Lady Hillmen fell down 5-0 and trailed 14-13 after the end of the first period, they went back to the basics.

Lauren Collins scored 14 points, Elena Daniel and Baylee Vanderdoes both added 13 apiece and the Placer girls basketball team used a 61-21 run to roll past Lincoln, 61-39, Thursday night at Earl Crabbe Gym in a Pioneer Valley League game.

“We had a different mentality,” said Kirstin Schauble, who scored 12 points, of what went differently after the opening period. “We came out there fired up and we just decided to change the game and change how we were playing our defense and get the ball to the post more, dive more and our shots were going in.”

On nearly every possession in the second half, Lady Hillmen coach Tony Camillucci called out the same play: “Simple.”

Placer (21-4, 6-2) held a slim 27-21 lead at half, but went on a tear in the third quarter to grab a 49-24 lead using the same play over and over again. 

Placer was up 61-26 in the fourth after Schauble and Daniel dropped some treys.

After the game, Camillucci was asked to explain what “Simple” is.

“Keep it simple,” he said. “We just want to pound it low. We have some options off of it for threes. It was nice to see Schauble hit a couple of threes tonight and Elena hit a couple. I think that was a big difference.”

Camillucci cleared the bench late in the fourth and Lincoln (12-13, 1-7) went on a 13-0 run. The Zebras were led by Cassandra James (12 points) and Maureen Sarigumba (10 points).

Raquel Quirarte chipped in with five points and Kerry McCullough had four for Placer, which plays a pivotal PVL contest Tuesday night at Bear River.

First-place Bear River (22-2, 7-1) has already beaten the Lady Hillmen twice this season. Both games, a non-league Coach “G” Memorial Tournament title tilt and a PVL game, were played in Auburn.

Placer is hoping to change the tide at Jack McCrory Gym.

“It’s hard to beat a team three times in one year,” Camillucci said. “… Maybe we can get a little bit of revenge.”

Said Schauble: “Us seniors, I know we’re definitely motivated to win our last match in that gym. … We’re going to play our hearts out and leave everything on the court.”

Check back later tonight for a video of the game.

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