Placer putting pieces together

Sophomores spark Lady Hillemn to big win over Yuba City
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Placer High Girl’s Basketball team received a boost of confidence, as they dominated Yuba City Thursday night with a 58-26 victory. With three out of four losses in the past four games this boost was just what the lady hillmen were playing for. This non-league game demonstrated the ability of the team to work together on the court, including three standout sophomore starters. Sophomore Ariana Jensen was the leading scorer for the lady Hillmen with 13 points and 6 assists. An impressive 3-pt. shot in the first quarter and her ability to hold off Chloe Pererio of Yuba City for eight minutes sealed the lead for Placer early on. Sophomore point guard Kerri McCullough ‘s speed helped her earn a total of 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals to contribute to Placer’s win, while fellow sophomore Kirstin Schauble held her own with 10 points, including three point shots in the second and third quarters respectively. Rebecca Feis, junior, brought 10 rebounds and 7 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 against the Woodcreek Timberwolves Saturday. The Varsity lady hillmen are 5-8 in the Pioneer Valley League and going into more league games are hoping their synergy and ability to work as a team continue to yield wins. The JV Girls’ basketball team, where all three sophomores played previously, set the tone for success early in the evening with a similar sweeping win at 48-27 over Yuba city.