Bear River just wouldnât go away.
Placer High just wouldnât give in.
Maddie Mohar scored 13 points, including two huge 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and the Hillgals girls basketball team held off the Bruins 49-43 on Wednesday at Earl Crabbe Gym in Auburn.
âUp and down and up and down,â Placer coach Tony Camillucci said. âI told the girls it would be a game of runs. Every time they would make a run, we would fight back.â
Julie Camillucci added eight points and six rebounds for Placer, which seemed to put Bear River away several times, only to see the Bruins battle back.
The first half was a tale of two quarters. The Hillgals asserted themselves on both ends and held a 14-6 lead at the end of the frame.
Bear River owned the second.
âThey started making shots,â Tony Camillucci said. âWe lost our man a couple of times on defense. We missed some shots, four free throws â¦ Sometimes we had a hard time scoring. When we werenât scoring, they made a little run.â
At the break, Placerâs encouraging 8-point lead had been cut to one, 20-19.
Placer made an adjustment to start the third quarter, backing off of its full-court press to focus more on the half court. The result: a couple of steals, a few fast-break layups, and suddenly the Hillgals enjoyed a 30-19 advantage.
Back came the Bruins.
âGive them credit. They donât quit,â Camillucci said. âThe way they can shoot it, youâre never safe, no matter what your lead is.â
Katelyn Meylor, Bear Riverâs star junior, had been held in check most of the evening by Placer point guard Molly Brogdon, but in the fourth quarter Meylor stepped back and drilled a pair of deep threes to spur more Bruin runs.
Each time, Mohar answered.
âIâm proud of our girls. They weathered a couple of storms,â Camillucci said.
Brogdon and Jessica Baker each had seven points, and Brogdon added five steals. Raven Lewis scored six. Tyra Al Mujadidi grabbed five rebounds.
Alyssa Pulkinghorn led the Bruins with 15 points. Meylor finished with 12, and Ashley Albee had eight.
With the win, Placer evened its overall record at 9-9 and moved to 2-0 in the PVL. Bear River is 9-8, 1-1 in the PVL.
Next up for Placer: a home tili against preseason league favorite Foresthill on Friday.
âItâs a big game,â Camillucci said. âWeâre just hoping to carry the momentum.â