PREP BASKETBALL: Colfax girls top Bear River in PVL play |

PREP BASKETBALL: Colfax girls top Bear River in PVL play

In a matchup between bitter Pioneer Valley League rivals, it was Colfax earning a hard-fought victory over Bear River, 60-49, Tuesday night at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium.

Heading into the fourth quarter the Lady Bruins were still within striking distance down just nine, 36-27, but that’s when Colfax’s Aycee Willis took over. The junior guard scored 13 of her team high 22 points in the final quarter, including six straight points to start the period, giving the Lady Falcons a sizable cushion.

The Lady Bruins would battle back and get within seven points after a Katelyn Meylor 3-pointer, but would get no closer as they dropped their second PVL game of the season.

Meylor led Bear River with a team-high 20 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Bear River’s Ashley Albee tallied 17 points and did a good job of attacking the basket all night. Kaely Rath added six points for Bear River and senior point guard Savannah Wirth pitched in five points.

The Lady Bruins’ zone defense did a good job of slowing the Lady Falcons offensive attack early, but Colfax’s shooters started hitting from the outside and Bear River simply couldn’t keep up.

Colfax’s senior point guard and captain Courtney Kirkland played well all night and finished with 17 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter.

Both teams got off to a rough start offensively as the first quarter ended with the Lady Falcons up 5-4. Both teams managed only one field goal each in the first quarter.

The Lady Bruins came out strong in the second quarter, and grabbed a 15-13 lead, but Colfax ripped off 11 straight points to close the half and headed into the break up 24-15.

“We worked on overloading that zone and have them stretch to one side and then skip it to a shooter and find open shots,” said Colfax head coach Rich Simpton. “We just finally started to hit some shots.”

Bear River was again strong in the opening stages of the third quarter, cutting the deficit from nine down to two, but the Lady Falcons responded with a 10-3 run to close the quarter.

The Lady Bruins are now 13-7 overall and 2-2 in PVL play. Next up for Bear River is a home match Thursday against Foothill. The Lady Falcons are now 17-4 overall and 4-0 PVL play with a big home game against Placer Thursday.

Bear River and Colfax will faceoff again Feb. 12 in Colfax.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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