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La Salle girls make it nine in a row


Falcons sink Madras, Estacada

La Salle Prep's second-ranked girls basketball team continued on track last week, winning 47-38 at 11th-ranked Madras and routing Estacada 73-32.

Friday's shellacking of Estacada was the Falcons' ninth win in a row and fifteenth win in sixteen games this season.

La Salle coach Kelli Wedin says she was impressed with her charges' composed play at Madras.

“My girls played really hard and with great composure,” she said. “Madras has a fan base that we could only dream of having and it's a very tough place to play.

“We knew that they would be prepared and ready to play us and that we would just need to stick to our game plan and do all the little things that have gotten us success this far. It was our biggest win at Madras in several years and that is a tribute to how hard this team works and how focused they are.”

The Madras game was a real battle, with the Falcons pulling ahead in the third stanza, when they outscored their hots 15-7. Madras was up 19-18 at halftime.

Madras junior all-star guard Mariah Stacona proved a handful for the Falcons. She carried the White Buffaloes on her back and finished with a game-high 18 points.

Andrea Novak (10 points) and Makenzie Cook (8 points) led a balanced attack for La Salle.

Sterling Swift lit up the scoreboard for 18 point at Estacada. Cook tallied 13 points and three other players scored at least eight points in a balanced offensive attack.

The Falcons were all business from the outset, building a 20-5 advantage in the first quarter.

La Salle (15-1, 4-0) could face a stiff challenge next Tuesday, when the Falcons begin the second half of the Tri-Valley Conference league season, hosting cross-town rival Gladstone (12-6, 3-1).