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Lady Hillmen dominate in Foundation opener

By: Trevor Horn, Special to the Journal
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It’s a good and bad thing that the Foundation Game does not count for the Placer girls basketball team.
 
In a 48-30 rout over Roseville at home at Earl Crabbe Gym Monday night, the win was a positive. But too many missed shots and sloppy play in the paint possibly took away up to 20 extra points in the first contest of the season for Placer.
 
“I think tonight we missed a lot of wide-open layups, and myself included,” senior Elena Daniel said. “But as the season goes and as long as we make those and we don’t make sloppy passes, we are going to do well.”
 
Using the game as it is aptly called, this was a way for Placer to start a foundation this season. 
 
The Lady Hillmen started off with an 8-0 run with three steals by Daniel. 
 
Errant passes and inabilities to score inside the paint and on fast breaks halted the chance to extend an already large 27-11 lead.
 
With aggressive defense in the first half that was slowed a bit by foul trouble against Placer, Roseville began to make a run, but never got within more than 17 in the second half after another fast start after intermission by Placer.
 
“We really want to be aggressive on defense,” Placer head coach Tony Camillucci said. “But sometimes the officiating is not going to allow it.”
 
Four players scored at least six points for Placer. Daniel led Placer with eight points while Kellyn McDonald and Kirstin Schauble scored seven apiece. Maddie Graham contributed with six points.
 
Regardless of sloppy play and missed layups, Camillucci says it is still nice to start off with a win, even if it doesn’t count in the record books.
 
“Any win is a good win,” he said. “We did a lot of good things, but I saw some things we need to work on like finishing close to the basket. We missed a lot of shots tonight-but a lot of it is nerves.”
 
Placer plays at Golden Sierra tonight and will play at home Dec. 4 against Encina.