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Hillmen News · Girls travel to Campolinda for State Playoff game tonight.

Placer Hillmen vs. Campolindo Cougars Div. III CIF State North Regional game.

 Placer has a record of 17-12 overall and with a league record of 8-2 and are the Champion of the Pioneer Valley League (PVL). The Lady Hillmen are the #15 seed in the Div. III State playoffs. Placer lost in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Semi-Finals 51-50 to Patterson on Tuesday Feb 28th. Placer will travel to Campolindo High School in Moraga, CA on Wednesday March 8th for a 6:00 tip off. The game is a double header with girls at 6:00 and Campolindo boys 7:30.

 Campolindo is seeded #2 and comes into this game with a 23-6 overall mark and are the champions of the Diablo National League (DNL) with a 9-1 record. Campolinda lost in the North Coast Section Semi-Final game to Salesian 67-48 on Wednesday March 1st.

The winner of this game will face the winner of #7 Seed Marin and #10 Kimball on Saturday  March 11, 2017 in the State  quarter-finals at home of highest remaining seed.

 Ticket prices are: Adults $10 and Students $5 with school ID, Senior Citizens are $5. Reminder no parent passes, Student ASB cards will be accepted at this event.

 Playoff ticket prices are regulated by the governing body of the CIF State Office and all revenue generated by ticket sales at all Playoff games are sent to the State Office.

From Auburn Journal

That one point – that one, controversial (to say the least), how-the-heck-can-the-game-end-like-this point that separated Placer from Patterson in last week’s gut-wrenching loss to Patterson in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III semifinals, cost the Hillgals a lot.

In the moment, it cost them an overtime shot at Patterson, an overtime coach Tony Camillucci said at the time he thought the Hillgals would win, given they were carrying all of the momentum at the time off Maddie Mohar’s supremely clutch three-pointer to cap a 14-point rally and tie the game with less than five seconds remaining.

And somehow, in seeding the CIF Div. III State Girls Championships, it cost Placer six places.That’s right. Patterson got a nine seed. Placer was seeded 15th.“I thought we’d get a little higher,” Camillucci said.Instead, they get a long bus ride to Moraga to play second-seed Campolindo.

“They’re very good,” Camillucci said. No kidding. The Cougars feature Haley Van Dyke, who as a sophomore was the area Sophomore Player of the Year. With averages of 23 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, almost five steals and 3.4 blocks per game, it’s a pretty safe bet she’ll win the junior-season award, too.Nor is she a one-girl show. Junior Ashley Thoms scores 15.3 points a game and “shoots the ball really well,” Camillucci said.“If you watch them play, all the other kids, they can attack the basket right or left. They can shoot, play defense,” he went on.Sounds like the balanced Hillgals will be a significant underdog in this first-round matchup. And that’s just fine with their coach.“We’ve been underdogs all year,” he said. “People never thought we could win league. People never thought we’d win a game in the playoffs. It was a little harder to stay focused (during the layoff). That loss took some of the air out of our sails, especially the way it ended. But we’re playing the best basketball of our year, at least we have been. There’s still some fight left in those kids.”