Lady Falcons Clamp Down on Bear River, 50-41

Avila, Kirkland help Colfax girls move to 2-1 in PVL action
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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COLFAX –  Youth was served here Tuesday night for the Colfax High Lady Falcons’ basketball team.

Sparked by the heady play of their youthful backcourt, the Lady Falcons followed strong efforts from sophomore Taylor Avila and junior Kylie Kirkland to climb back into the Pioneer Valley League chase by pounding out a hard fought 50-41 Pioneer Valley League win over visiting Bear River.

Taking on a Bruins squad that entered the contest with a gaudy 17-1 record, the Lady Falcons limited the Bear River to just four first half field goals and 22 points through the first three quarters before holding off a late charge by the visitors for the victory.

“This was a huge win for us,” said Colfax coach Dave Campbell. “It allows us to get right back into the race. We had a nice team effort tonight and I thought our guards played great.”

Avila, playing in her first Colfax-Bear River game at the varsity level, led Colfax’s offense with 14 points which included hitting five of six key free throws down the stretch that helped ward off the Bruins.

“We were really pumped up tonight,” said Avila. “We came out with a lot of energy and played well as a team. It was a good win for us.”

Kirkland, meanwhile, also came up big for the winners. She scored nine of her game total 13 points in the first half when Colfax built a 21-14 intermission advantage and also came up with a clutch steal and ensuing free toss with 1:50 to go that put Colfax on top 45-37 setting the stage for Avila’s big free tosses.

Colfax, now 2-1 in PVL action and 12-8 overall, also received good efforts from Raegan Lillie and Lindsay Biles with eight points each and Kaila Tremoureux with five.

Bear River, 2-1 in the PVL, suffered Wednesday from an unusual cold shooting night from the outside. That combined with scoring leader Kaitlyn Reina (16 points) being saddled with three first half fouls spelled trouble for the visitors.

“We didn’t shoot well or play that well either but give Colfax credit, they did a good job tonight,” said Bear River coach Jeff Bickmore. “They deserved it more than us.”

Colfax will remain at home Friday night when they Lady Falcons host Center while Bear River will travel to Auburn to take on Placer in another important league battled.