Monday, February 25, 2013


Bear River and their Co-Pioneer Valley League Champion will tip off at Tokay High School on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. respectively in Lodi California. What is at stake in a chance to play at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento (home of the Kings) to play for a Sac-Joaquin section title.

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The Lady Bruins as well as the Lady Falcons will have a tough go as each team will be required to drive 81 while Bear River's opponent will only have to drive from Jackson a 35 miles and Colfax's will have a very short commute of 25 miles. The girls will be up and ready for the game but the shorter the drive the more fans who will attend the game. The gym should be loud but the two teams from the PVL may have to play without a sixth man where their counterpart will most-likely have an advantage here. At this time of the season it is about the little things and a supportive and loud crowd does fit in to this category.
How did Bear River the #1 seed earn this opportunity? In the first round they ripped apart a Hilmar team 63-31 and in their second contest they rallied back from a 16-5 defect to win handily over a physical Dixon team 57-44. The Lady Bruins are coming off two easy wins but the third round match up does not look as if it will be story. The Lady Mustangs will enter the gym at Tokay on Wednesday with a perfect record of 29-0 this season while Bear River enters with only 3 losses.

Argonaut has scored 1,587 points in their 29 games while giving up 907. This means on average they have scored 54 points per game only while allowing 31. Bear River on the other hand has scored 1633 in 28 games and has given up 937 which means they have averaged 58 ppg and allowed 33. These are two very evenly matched teams and it very well could come down to the sixth man.

Now that we have looked at the 4:00 game let's take a look at what Colfax (20-9) has before them in the 5:30 game. Bradshaw Christian holds a record of 25-2. There losses came by way of St. Mary's and San Clamente of Southern California both of which occurred prior to the Holiday break. The Lady Pride have 4 players who average more than 10 points per game including 5-foot-7 sophomore Erika Bean who delivers over 15 ppg, mostly from the perimeter. The real test may be slowing down the 6-foot sophomore Jordyn Bell who averages 10 ppg along with 8 rebounds. Bell had her best game of the season as she led her team to a 55-53 win over Modesto Christian where she scored 18 points and ripped 17 rebounds. This is a young team so once they step on the big stage their inexperience could show.

Wins this time of year do not come easy and they are usually determined at the foul line. If both teams can grind out a win the two PVL teams would square off on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Sleep Train.

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