Placer putting pieces together

Sophomores spark Lady Hillmen to big win over Yuba City
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Placer High girls basketball team received a nice boost of confidence as it dominated Yuba City Thursday night with a 58-26 victory. After losing three of their previous four games, the Lady Hillmen welcomed the lopsided victory. This non-league game demonstrated the ability of the team to work together on the court, sparked by three standout sophomore starters. Sophomore Ariana Jensen was the leading scorer for the Lady Hillmen with 13 points and she added six assists. An impressive 3-point shot in the first quarter and her ability to hold off Chloe Pererio of Yuba City for eight minutes gave Placer a sizeable lead early on. Sophomore point guard Kerri McCullough’s speed helped her earn a total of 12 points, five assists and four steals to contribute to Placer’s win, while fellow sophomore Kirstin Schauble held her own with 10 points, including 3-point shots in the second and third quarters respectively. Junior Rebecca Feis brought 10 rebounds and seven points to the table, consistently staying in the center of the action. By the third quarter Placer sat comfortably with a 42-24 lead over the opposition, despite several fouls and traveling calls. “We played really unselfishly tonight and were patient on offense,” said Placer coach Tony Camillucci. Camillucci noted the skills his sophomores added to the team, but was quick to praise his veteran players for the guidance they provided. Senior Amy Clark emerged as a strong leader, not only through her scoring, but also by talking her teammates through the game and providing encouragement in tough moments. “I really like how the sophomores work on their strengths but also work well within the team,” Clark said. “We just connected really well at the beginning of the season.” This connection may be what proved to set the Lady hillmen a cut above Yuba City; giving them the self-assurance they need going into their next match-up at Woodcreek Saturday. The Lady Hillmen are 5-8 in non-league play with three more games before Pioneer Valley League play begins Jan. 19 at Center. The junior varsity team, on which all three sophomores played previously, set the tone for success early in the evening with a similar 48-27 over Yuba City.