Girls battle Bruins on Jan. 31
Weathering storms down the stretch could be the key for the Colfax Lady Falcons in the chase for the Pioneer Valley League girls basketball title.
On Tuesday night, the Lady Falcons received 15 points from Raegan Lillie, 10 more from Amber Tobiasz and nine by Taylor Avila in putting forth a 48-35 PVL win over visiting Foothill.
The win keeps the Lady Falcons tied atop the league standings with Bear River, both with 6-1 records. The Lady Falcons and Bruins will collide tonight at Lake of the Pines at 7 p.m. with the winner having the inside track to the league crown.
Making tonight’s game even more important is the added point that Bear River at No. 1 and Colfax at No. 2 are running as the top two teams in the battle for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s Div. IV girls Power Ratings that are used for playoff seedings.
In the Foothill win, Colfax (16-8, 6-1) led by a commanding 43-20 margin after three quarters. Kaila Tremoureaux added six points for the winners, while Cassie Harrison, Lindsay Biles and Kylee Bauer added two points apiece and Kylie Kirkland and Delaney Shinn one point each.
Last Thursday, the Lady Falcons checked in with a solid team effort in turning back Placer’s Hillmen, 50-44. Hosting the rematch of an overtime thriller won by the Hillmen back on Jan. 9, Dave Campbell’s Lady Falcons grabbed a lead early in the second quarter and never let go.
Biles, a junior guard, came off the bench and provided the Lady Falcons with a big lift as she led Colfax in scoring by sinking 12 points, including a pivotal three-point play midway through the fourth quarter.
Avila, meanwhile, didn’t score from the field but made her presence felt with her ball handling and keen shooting eye from the foul stripe where she was eight for eight in the game’s final three and a half minutes to help keep the Hillmen at bay.
On the evening, Colfax helped itself from the foul line by going 24 of 31. Rounding out Colfax’s balanced offense were Tremoureaux with nine, Tobiasz with eight and Lillie and Kirkland with seven each.
The Lady Falcons close their regular season next week by playing at Center on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and hosting Lincoln on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Pioneer Valley League
Girls Basketball Standings
Colfax 5 1
B. River 5 1
Placer 4 2
Center 2 4
Lincoln 1 5
Foothill 1 5
Colfax at B. River, 7 p.m.