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JV girls close pre-season with flurry of wins

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Colfax High JV girls basketball coach Jill Kirkland is looking for her Lady Falcons to be in the middle of a competitive race for this season’s Pioneer Valley League title. “I think there are three or four good teams out there in our league this season,” said Kirkland, who directed the Lady Falcons to a fine 14-2 record in the pre-season. “If we stay healthy we should be right in there.” In Colfax’s most recent outing, the Lady Falcons ventured to Shingle Springs and notched a 49-24 win over the Bruins. Colfax led 35-18 at halftime and was in control of the issue the rest of the way. Taylor Avila, a freshman guard, sparked the Lady Falcons with 13 points, while Kelsey Larson and Jenn Oberg followed with six points each. Lindsay Biles and Stephanie Scott contributed five each, while Kylie Kirkland and Melissa Pontius rounded out the offense with four each. In earlier action, the Lady Falcons clipped Monterey Trail, 41-33, as Kirkland scored nine points and Avila and Biles chipped in with seven points each. The Lady Falcons also won the consolation award at the Del Oro Tournament with a 42-12 crushing of Placer. Larson paved the victory road with 13 points, while Biles and Madison Ittner scored four points each. Colfax opens PVL action tonight with a 6 p.m. home game against Foothill before hosting Placer next Tuesday, also at 6 p.m.