Falcon girls head to playoffs

By: Mike Ray, Staff Writer
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PVL Girls Basketball
            W  L
Colfax (21-5)      8  1
Placer (17-7)      8  1
B. River(15-10)    4  5
Lincoln (13-13)     3  6
Foothill (14-12)     2  7
Center (12-13)      2  7
Last Friday’s Results
Colfax 54 Bear River 18
Placer 75 Lincoln 62
Center 65 Foothill 58 (OT)

In recent years, a Colfax-Bear River girls basketball match up in February usually carried some heavy league and or playoff complications with it.
But such was not the case last Friday night in Pucci Pavilion.
In a game matching two teams heading in different directions, the Falcons jumped on the visiting Bruins early and never looked back in posting a 54-18 Pioneer Valley league rout of their longtime cross-river rivals.
Paced by the Willis sisters, twins Ashtyn and Aycee who teamed for 30 points on the night, the Falcons built a commanding 25-8 lead by halftime and never were pushed on their way to the easy win.
“I thought we came out and played strong right from the start,” said Colfax coach Rich Simpton. “We really had a lot of energy tonight.”
The win elevated Colfax’s season record to 21-5 and pushes the Falcons’ PVL record to 8-1. Colfax played at Placer Wednesday with the PVL title on the line.
Win-lose-or-draw in the Placer game, the Falcons will find out today where they will land in the final CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV playoff seedings.
Colfax entered the Placer game last night as the No. 3 ranked Div. IV girls team according to Max Preps’ divisional section ratings. The Falcons are expected to earn a first round home playoff game next Tuesday which would tip off at 7 p.m.
Bear River, which was without starting point guard Savannah Wirth (knee) and forward Ashley Albee (volleyball commitment) started the game in a zone defense that seemed to bother the Falcons over the game’s first three minutes.
However, after falling behind 4-0 to start the contest, Colfax settled in and started to find the holes in the Bruins’ defense and went on a 15-2 run to end the quarter.
Ashtyn Willis, hitting three foul line jumpers, sparked the first quarter spree as she scored 10 of her game high 20 points in the first quarter. On the evening, Ashtyn Willis was a perfect 10x10 from the floor in field goal shooting. At one point in the first and second quarters, the Willis’ sisters teamed to score 17 straight points.
In the second quarter, three-point baskets from Aycee Willis and Annaliese Ballowe helped Colfax go on another 10-0 run. Meanwhile, on the other end of the court, Colfax’s defense stymied the Bruins who were held scoreless.
The Falcons continued their fine play in the third quarter as a bucket by Aycee Willis, four more points from Ashtyn Willis and a pair of Courtney Kirkland free tosses boosted the Falcons into a 33-11 advantage.
Colfax ended the night shooting 24 of 56 from the field. Other big contributors were Caleigh McClenahan with eight points and nine rebounds and Kylee Bauer who grabbed 13 rebounds.