Lady Falcons run past Bear River, 62-24
COLFAX– When Colfax High girls basketball coach Rich Simpton noted before the season began that his Lady Falcons would be playing at a bit faster pace this year, he wasn’t just whistling Dixie.
Putting their new “uptempo look” on display Wednesday night at Pucci Pavilion, the Lady Falcons opened Pioneer Valley League play by running past outgunned Bear River, 62-24.
Using an assortment of trapping, scrambling defenses to create havoc and trigger numerous fast break opportunities, Colfax came out running and never stopped on its way to sending the Bruins home on the short end of the lopsided shellacking.
Colfax, now 15-3 and the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s No. 1 ranked Division IV team, jumped out to a 28-9 lead after a quarter and increased it to 45-17 by halftime before the game went to a running clock in the fourth quarter.
“I don’t want to be critical of the girls, but we still made a lot of mistakes tonight,” said Simpton. “We did a lot of good things but we still have plenty of stuff to work on.”
Colfax, with Grace Bliss and Natalie Lundberg combining for 21 points in the opening quarter, harassed the Bruins into numerous opening-stanza turnovers, which in turn led to Colfax run-outs for points.
“I thought our defense bothered them early on,” said Simpton. “We shot the ball a bit better tonight from the outside and that was good to see.”
Leading 28-9 after the first eight minutes, Jazzy Owens took over the second stanza as the sophomore guard dropped in 11 of her game total 15 markers in the quarter. Owens connected on four two-point buckets and a triple in her spree.
Bliss led the Colfax attack with 21 points. Following Owens’ 15 points were Lundberg with eight, Sara Detwiler with seven, Aliya McCord and Stella Chavez with four each and Emily Cerna with three.
Bear River, which slips to 9-9 overall and 0-1 in the PVL, was led by Sarah Aanenson’s 10 points. Colfax plays Friday at Marysville while bear River will be at Foothill.
Oak Ridge 52, Del Oro 49
The rigors of a tough Sierra Foothill League race are wearing on the Lady Eagles as Del Oro fell to 0-2 in league games following the loss Wednesday to the visiting Trojans.
Del Oro, 15-3 overall, appeared headed to a victory as the Lady Eagles led 42-35 after three quarters of action. However, a 19-7 fourth-quarter surge by the Trojans was too tough for the hosts to overcome.
Del Oro, which plays at 5:30 Friday at Rocklin, was led by Madison Parry’s 16-point, 13-rebound effort. Katie Neal stepped up with a strong game for the Lady Eagles as she buried 14 points. Jenna Duley added 13.