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Lady Falcons advance to semis

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Lady Falcons advance to semis There wasn’t too much “home” in the home-court advantage last week as the Colfax High Lady Falcons girls basketball team opened the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV playoffs. But despite not having their rowdy student body cheering section behind them in a pair of business-as-usual performances to open the post season, the No. 2 seeded Lady Falcons dispatched Venture Academy and Argonaut to advance to last night’s scheduled Div. IV semi-final slated to be played at Tokay High in Lodi. For Colfax, the two wins – regardless of the outcome of the Feb. 29 semi-final game versus West Campus at Tokay – have also qualified the Lady Falcons for next week’s CIF Northern California Regional Tournament that will get underway at home sites on Wednesday, March 7. Last night’s Colfax-West Campus winner will then meet the No.1 Calaveras vs. No. 4 Bear River winner on Saturday at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento at 11:30 a.m. to decide the section Div. IV title. Colfax, now 20-9 overall on the season, played mostly in front of family and friends in rolling past Venture Academy of Stockton, 64-34, on Feb. 21 before coming from behind to tame Argonaut’s Mustangs, 58-46, on Thursday. Because Colfax High’s students were out on their February break last week, the Lady Falcons had to do without the usual raucous cheering from the school’s student section. But for the most part, the Lady Falcons didn’t need the extra boost. In Thursday’s win over Argonaut, the Lady Falcons went to a pressure defense in the second half that helped turn the tide Colfax’s way. Tied 40-40 at the end of three quarters, Colfax went to a full court trapping defense that forced Argonaut into just enough errors that pushed the Lady Falcons over the top. “We needed to get something going and for the most part I thought the press worked real well for us,” said Colfax coach Dave Campbell. “We had seen them on tape and it was definitely in the game plan.” Sparked by all-around hustling efforts from seniors Ashley Scott, Haley Biles and Haleigh Lis and sophomores Raegan Lillie and Amber Tobiasz, the Falcons held the Mustangs scoreless over the first five minutes of the final stanza to build a 48-40 lead and get on the victory track. In the pivotal fourth quarter, an offensive put-back by Tobiasz, a three by Scott and another bucket by Biles after a Scott steal pushed Colfax into a lead at the start of the final stanza it wouldn’t relinquish. With its full-court pressure creating havoc, Tobaisz put in another offensive rebound for a 50-42 margin at the 2:30 mark. Colfax then went on to sink eight of its final 10 free throw attempts with Lillie going 4-for-4 at the line and Scott and Tobiasz connecting for a pair apiece. Lillie led Colfax’s offense with 15 points, while Tobiasz added 14 and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Biles chipped in with 13 more key points including three treys, while Lis added six and Scott five. Colfax also received key minutes from Sara Davidson and Mariah Turcotte. In the win over Venture Academy, Biles sank home 12 points and Lillie and Kaila Tremoureux both added eight points, while Cassie Harrison and Ashley Scott both chipped in with six markers each. In the fourth quarter, call-ups from Colfax’s PVL championship JV team, Kylie Kirkland, Lindsay Biles and Taylor Avila, combined to tally 11 of the Falcons’ points.