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La Salle guys, girls are a combined 21-3 in preseason hoops


And they begin league play ranked high in the OSAA power rankings

La Salle Prep’s boys and girls basketball teams took care of business in last week’s final tuneups for the Tri-Valley Conference league season.

La Salle guys dispatched with Elmira 49-33, while the Falcons girls upended Elmira 80-40.

La Salle girls improved to 11-1 with the win, while La Salle boys improved to 10-2.

La Salle guys were ranked No. 3 in the state in the OSAA RPI rankings heading into play this week; La Salle girls were ranked fourth.

La Salle girls outscored their first 12 opponents by an average score of 73-39; La Salle boys had an average margin of victory of 57-44 in their first 12 games.

La Salle girls’ only loss came in a Jan. 2 game with Henley (56-46) at a tournament in Sisters. Henley (11-1) was ranked No. 5 in the Class 4A girls basketball RPI rankings heading into play this week.

La Salle boys’ only losses came on Dec. 12, in a home game with Valley Catholic (42-35), and on Jan. 4, in a game with Philomath (45-32) at a tournament in Sisters. Philomath (9-2) was ranked fifth in 4A heading into this week’s games; Valley Catholic (14-2) was ranked No. 1 in 3A.

La Salle girls last week out-manned their Falcon counterparts from Elmira. Nine La Salle players scored and five La Salle players scored in double figures — Aleah Goodman (15 points), Sterling Swift (12 points), Makenzie Cook (11 points), Alexandra Jansen (11 points) and Tori Goodman (10 points).

Forcing turnovers with their full-court press, the Falcons rolled to a 30-9 first-quarter advantage and never looked back. They were up 64-27 at the end of three quarters of play.

La Salle guys also had an easy time of it in their game, played at Elmira. They led 31-12 at halftime and coasted home from there.

Luke Kolln (11 points) led the way, as ten players contributed to La Salle boys’ scoring.

“We were glad to have [Valois] Gashongore back from a three-week absence,” said La Salle boys coach Jared Curtiss. “His absence allowed us to assess our bench and put some guys in uncomfortable situations, in which, I feel we learned a great deal.

“We head into Season II playing great defense. We have shot the 3 very well lately, at 44 percent; and we are taking great care of the ball. Now, it’s all about league, and it starts with the best team in our league, Gladstone, which returns seven of their best eight guys from a year ago. Our youth will be tested, but we’re excited to see how we stand against the best team.”

The Falcons were to begin league play with the Gladiators on Tuesday (Jan. 21). They play North Marion this Friday, with the girls at home and the boys at North Marion.