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Taking care of business: Lady Hillmen right back to winning ways

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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After suffering their second loss of the season, the Lady Hillmen responded collectively. 
Lauren Collins scored a team-high 14 points and 12 of the 15 Placer girls that suited up scored in a 66-22 rout against the Pioneer Patriots of Woodland Wednesday night at Earl Crabbe Gym.
“It’s good to get a win where everybody can play, especially when you have 16, 17 players and they all don’t always get a chance to play,” Placer coach Tony Camillucci said. “Everybody got significant minutes tonight, and with three games in a row coming up, it’s good to get some rest.”
The Lady Hillmen (11-2), who lost to Bear River in the Coach “G” Memorial Tournament finale Saturday, jumped out to a 22-2 lead after five minutes, 30 seconds of action against Pioneer (2-7). 
By the middle of the second quarter, Camillucci had already made enough substitutions to rotate his entire lineup into the contest. And by halftime, 12 different Placer girls had put points on the board.
“I feel bad when kids don’t play,” the coach said. “It’s the nature of the game. It’s good to get a game where everybody can get in and score. Our bench has been great all year, even the kids that haven’t been playing much, so positive, so energetic on the bench. It’s nice to give them a reward with playing time.”
Placer’s scoring was rounded out by Maya Thomas (10 points) Baylee Vanderdoes (8), Kirstin Schauble (6), Fiona Ochs (6), Raquel Quirarte (4), Maddie Graham (4), Ari Jensen (4), Kerry McCullough (4), Rachael Wiebelhaus (2), Kellyn McDonald (2) and Olivia Holmes (2). 
“That’s just team work,” said Collins, who had 10 points well before the first quarter was over, of the contributions of all of her teammates. “It’s all of us working hard in practice.” 
Pioneer was held to just two points in both the second and fourth quarter, while tallying seven and 11 in the first and third quarters, respectively. 
Placer kicks off the three-day Natomas Tournament today against Pioneer Valley League foe Foothill (3-5).
Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel