And that is exactly what happened as Placer defeated Bear River by a score of 48-46. Bear River, Colfax and Placer will all share the 2013 honor if they each can win their final games.
The first quarter ended at 11-9 in favor of Placer as they pushed the ball up the court and knocked down a 3-ball when they needed it. The Bruins also attempted to bomb the three but they failed to hit pay dirt in the early going.
The second quarter went as the first ending 27-24 with the Hillgals holding on to the lead at intermission. Placer used good foul shooting while the Bruins struggled from the charity stripe. Coach Jeff Bickmore found his team in a bit of foul trouble late in the quarter.
The first time these two teams met Placer pressed in the full court which did not work. Tonight we saw both teams play man to man in the half court. Placer played 11 players where the Lady Bruins ran 8.
Bear River took the lead in the third with starter Sara Hagar on the bench due to foul trouble. Placer struggled from the field while the Lady Bruins knocked down a few key shots as well as hit the glass hard resulting in a score of 35-32 going into the final 8 minutes with the PVL title on the line.
The Bruins opened up the score to 41-34 with 5:19 to play on a spin move mid-range jumper by Savannah Welz along with a breakaway by Hagar but Placer answered by scoring the next five points. Hagar got called for her fifth foul with just over 3 min to play. 44-43 Placer 1:33 to play on a 3 ball which was banked in from the top of the key. Bear River was now down at 44-43 with 59 sec to play with the ball. The Bruins proceeded to turned it over and then fouled with 23 sec. Placer sank both. The Bruins were down by 3 with the ball with 16 sec. Bear River missed there 3-ball which would have knotted the score but did not convert. They were forced to foul and Placer made both foul shots to move the score to 48-43 with 7 ticks on the clock. The Bruins sank a 3 at the buzzer for a final score of 48-46