Lady Falcons take on Placer

PVL race heats up with 53-47 victory
By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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The Pioneer Valley League girls basketball race is only two games old, but just as many predicted, hold onto your hats for what should be a wild and exciting race for league honors. Tuesday night – playing in their Falcon Gym – Colfax’s Lady Falcons parlayed the efforts of a fast start to lay down the cornerstone for a hard-fought 53-47 win over visiting Placer. “We played well when we had to,” said Colfax coach Dave Campbell. “Our good start really got us going on both ends of the court.” Led by the offensive antics of sophomore Raegan Lillie, Amber Tobiasz and Haley Biles, the Lady Falcons jumped to leads of 19-7 and 28-14 at the first two quarter stops. The opening rush allowed the Lady Falcons enough breathing room to hold off a second-half comeback try by the Hillmen. The key early season win left Colfax (2-0) alone at the top of the PVL standings as Foothill (1-1) traveled to Lake of the Pines and knocked off league-favorite Bear River (1-1), 53-50. In Tuesday’s other action, Lincoln (1-1) squeaked past Center, 36-33. Lillie spearheaded the Colfax win, scoring a game-high 17 points. Tobiasz chipped in with 14 more, while Biles added eight for the winners. Colfax’s scoring was completed by Ashley Scott, Haleigh Lis, and Kaila Tremoureux, all with four points apiece, and Danni Hicks with a pair. Colfax’s win over Placer comes on the heels of another nail-biter as the Lady Falcons were forced to use some late prolific foul shooting in the final minutes to help ward off Foothill’s Mustangs, 54-52. In that win, the Lady Falcons had been in control of the game for much of the first half as Colfax led 20-14 after a quarter and extended it to 31-23 by the halftime break. But Lawrell Dobbins and Marissa Sanders started to catch fire for the visitors, and after a mini surge by the Mustangs, Colfax’s lead was trimmed to 44-40 going into the final eight minutes. In the final quarter, excellent foul shooting from Lillie and Lis helped push the Lady Falcons over the top. Lis swished through two big free tosses at the 50-second mark that snapped a 51-51 tie and gave the Lady Falcons the lead for keeps. “Our free throws made the difference,” said Campbell. “We were shooting them with a lot of confidence.” Biles keyed Colfax’s offense by netting 15 points, while Lillie chipped in with 12 more and played a good floor game. Ashley Scott was next for the Lady Falcons with nine points, while Amber Tobiasz contributed eight. Colfax hits the road for two PVL games going to Center tonight and then plays at Bear River on Tuesday. Both games for the varsity tip off at 7 p.m. PVL Girls Basketball W L Colfax 2 0 B. River 1 1 Foothill 1 1 Placer 1 1 Lincoln 1 1 Center 0 2 Tuesday’s results: Colfax 53, Placer 47 Foothill 53, B. River 50 Lincoln 36, Center 33