Placer whips Whitney, clings to playoff hopes

Girls Hoops
By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Placer High girls basketball team notched a big win in its climb toward the playoffs Tuesday night at Earl Crabbe Gym. The Lady Hillmen hammered Whitney 65-29. Placer began the week at No. 21 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III power ratings while Whitney was No. 15. The top 16 teams at the end of the regular season make the playoff bracket. Senior Shelby Madigan poured in 21 points to lead the Lady Hillmen (8-13 overall, 6-3 Pioneer Valley League) Bear River 33, Lincoln 10 at Lincoln — Sophomore Kelsey Uno scored a career-high 13 points and senior Jocelyn Fry added 10 as the Bruins locked up the Zebras. Bear River (15-8 overall, 6-3 PVL) led 19-6 at the half and cruised to the victory. The Bruins are No. 11 in this week’s Division IV power ratings. Colfax 58, Mesa Verde 34 at Colfax — The Falcons trailed 10-6 in the first quarter, but used a second-quarter surge to get past the Mavericks at home. Senior Katie Cassilagio had a big night with 18 points. Junior Audrey Lewis added nine points and freshman Haley Biles added six points, six rebounds and three assists. Colfax (15-10 overall, 6-4 PVL) is No. 13 in this week’s Division IV power ratings. Foresthill 42, Woodland Christian 34 at Foresthill — The Wildfires all but locked up a playoff berth and clinched the first winning season in school history as Alycia Ferguson sparked a rally from a 10-point halftime deficit. Ferguson finished with 16 points and seven steals while Trysta Ferguson added 11 points and nine steals in the win. Megan O’Brien tossed in eight points and eight steals for Foresthill (11-7 overall, 5-5 Central Valley Christian League). The Wildfires are No. 10 in this week’s Division V power ratings. Golden Sierra 55, Highlands 17 at Garden Valley — The Grizzlies improved to 8-1 in the Golden Empire League with a romp at home. Chelsea Tillotson scored a career-high 11 points and Adriana Palmeire also scored 11 to pace the Grizzlies (12-11 overall). Golden Sierra was No. 16 in this week’s Division IV power ratings. Forest Lake 59, Delta 41 at Clarksburg — The Falcons battled through some foul trouble to get a road win as Lindsey Engbrecht scored 16 points and swiped three steals. Kayla Campora filled the stat sheet with 14 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and seven steals. Freshman Emily English came up big with seven points and five blocks for Forest Lake (13-8 overall, 7-3 CVCL).