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Placer girls top Whitney in overtime

By: Todd Mordhorst Gold Country News Service
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Placer High’s varsity girls basketball team defeated visiting Whitney 60-54 in overtime on Thursday night. Whitney is now 13-6 overall and 2-2 in the Pioneer Valley League while Placer is 5-11 and 2-1. “We decided we wanted to win and everybody worked their butts off,” Placer senior Audrey Furlong said. “Sometimes we don’t play as close-knit as we should, but tonight it was like we’ve been playing for years together. It was great.” Placer trailed by four points before roaring back in overtime. Junior Amy Clark’s drive to the basket gave the Hillmen the lead for good at 55-54, but she wasn’t done. She came up with a steal on the other end, then snared an offensive rebound on a missed free throw to put the game away. “At one point I told her she needed to start playing like a senior,” Placer coach Tony Camillucci said. “She’s just a junior, but she played last year. I got on her a little bit and she really responded. She played great defense and she was a big part of that overtime.” Whitney made Placer earn the victory. The Wildcats trailed by four points with 2 minutes, 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter. But senior Jessica Melton drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game with just over a minute left and Courtney Tindall’s layup 20 seconds later put the visitors up 51-49. Clark, who finished with 12 points, came up with the tying score with 30 seconds to go. The Wildcats held for the final shot, but Furlong hustled for a steal with 1.1 seconds left. Kayla Reeves’ halfcourt heave glanced off the front rim and the game headed to overtime. Reeves had one of her finest games of the season, finishing with 19 points, four assists and six steals. She was guarding Whitney senior Kristina Fahey, who scored 12 points.