Smith’s late shots lift Bear River
When her teammates missed clutch shots Monday night, Bear River High’s Whitney Smith was there to make them.
The senior guard scored twice off teammates’ missed shots in the final 30 seconds, leading the Bruins to a 64-62 victory over host Ponderosa in Shingle Springs.
Bear River (8-2) trailed the entire contest and was down by three with 30 seconds to go when a missed 3-pointer by junior guard Kelsey Uno wound up in Smith’s hands. Smith was fouled while scoring and made the ensuing free throw to tie the game at 62.
Then, with 18 seconds remaining, the Bruins got a steal and passed to senior center Riley Pearson on a breakaway. Pearson missed her shot, but Smith caught the rebound in midair and put it in to give Bear River the win.
Pearson led Bear River with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Uno finished with 15 points, and Smith chipped in 13.
Sophomore guard Jen Meylor had 10 steals to lead the Bruins defensively.
Bear River’s junior varsity team lost.
Colfax 62, Casa Robles 40 at Orangevale — Senior forward Cassandra Campbell and junior center Michelle Walker netted 12 points apiece as the Falcons (4-6) routed the host Rams.
Campbell and Walker also combined for 14 rebounds, with Campbell grabbing eight in addition to dishing out four assists.
Junior guard April Littlejohn had 10 points for Colfax. Senior guard Audrey Lewis finished with nine points and six assists.
In junior varsity action, sophomore forward Caressa Sharpe scored a team-high 14 points as Colfax defeated Casa Roble 50-47 in overtime. The Falcons’ freshman team also won.