PVL signs of the times

Placer standouts Reeves, Lardner and Bear River’s Pearson ink scholarships
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Kayla Reeves and Kelsey Lardner were terrific complements on the basketball court last season. Next fall they’re heading in entirely different directions, though both are pursuing their dreams of competing in college. Reeves will take her high-tops to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., where she accepted a partial athletic scholarship. The 5-9 shooting guard averaged a team-high 13.8 points per game as a senior and hit 58 three-pointers on the season. Reeves could compete for playing time right away for the Pioneers, who compete at the NCAA Division III level in the Northwest Conference. Lewis & Clark finished last season with a 16-10 overall record. Lardner, who started at guard for the Lady Hillmen as well, will stay in California and attend Domincan College in San Rafael, though she’ll be on the hardwood in the fall. Lardner will play volleyball at Dominican after a brilliant three-year varsity career at Placer. Lardner was the Pioneer Valley League MVP last fall after leading the Hillgals to the league championship. The 5-9 setter racked up 321 kills (5.6 per game) and had just three passing errors all season for Placer. The Penguins could use Lardner’s help after finishing just 6-24 overall. While Lardner and Reeves are headed out of the area, a close rival will remain in Placer County to pursue a college hoops career. Bear River’s Riley Pearson recently signed with William Jessup University. The 5-10 forward averaged 9.8 points per game to lead the Bruins in scoring last season. She also grabbed 8.7 rebounds a game in leading Bear River to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs. William Jessup, which offered Pearson a partial athletic scholarship, finished 11-18 overall last season and 7-5 in the Cal-Pacific Conference.