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Colfax girls fall in OT

By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Service
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LODI — Wednesday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section girls Div. IV basketball semifinal game between No. 2 seeded Argonaut and No. 3 Colfax turned into a battle for survival. After all, a total of 46 personal fouls were whistled in the game. Five players fouled out of the contest, another was taken to the hospital and a total of 53 foul shots were attempted. Argonaut, however, proved to have a little more staying power in the end and used a pair of free throws by Erin Goode with 24 seconds left as the difference in a 54-53 overtime win over the Falcons. Argonaut, now a perfect 30-0 on the season, will meet Modesto Christian at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Arco Arena in the Div. IV championship game. Modesto Christian topped Christian Brothers 58-51 in Wednesday’s other semifinal. Colfax falls to 19-12 on the year and will await Sunday’s announcement from the CIF on where it will go for first round action in the Nor Cal Regional Tournament which begins on Tuesday. For Colfax, it was a story of too much Lauren and Erin Goode, the twin Mustangs who combined for 39 of their team’s points. Lauren Goode, a 6-1 post player, finished with a game high 26 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter while sister Erin, a 6-0 swing player, added 13 more key points with 11 of the markers coming in the fourth quarter and overtime. Colfax trailed most of the way in the first half including 15-10 at the first quarter break and 28-27 at intermission. However, after a low scoring third quarter when the two squads combined for eight points, Colfax found itself ahead 32-31 heading into the final quarter. Argonaut looked in control of the game with a 43-35 lead with 2:48 to play but things then got interesting. With Cassandra Campbell draining a trey and Erika Heikila and Michelle Walker adding other key points, the Falcons clawed back. Finally, Walker scored off an offensive rebound with four seconds left in regulation to leave the two teams tied at 49-49. Colfax looked good to start the extra session with Walker scoring twice from down low to give the Falcons a 53-49 advantage but with Campbell and Audrey Lewis both fouled out of the game, Colfax did not score in the game’s final 2:36. “I’m proud of the way our girls battled,” said Colfax coach Dave Campbell. “We played hard the whole way we just missed a couple of key chances.” Walker led Colfax with 19 points while Campbell followed with 16 and Lewis with 11.