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Falcons rout Class 5A power Wilson 80-41


La Salle is riding a 16-game win string heading into its state playoff opener with Cascade

La Salle Prep’s girls basketball team was impressive last Thursday, as the Falcons stretched a season win string to 16 games with an 80-41 rout of Wilson, a team ranked ninth in the state in 5A at the time.

Ranked second in the state in the OSAA Class 4A RPI rankings, the Falcons host 13th-ranked Cascade (15-8) in a state playoff game on Friday, with the winner advancing to the eight-team Class 4A State Tournament.

La Salle enters postseason as one of the top offensive teams in the state at any level, averaging 69 points a game en route to a 22-1 record.

La Salle’s only loss on the 2013-14 season was to Henley (56-46) on Jan. 2 at a tournament in Sisters. Henley (20-3) is ranked fifth in Class 4A; Sutherlin (23-0) is ranked No. 1.

La Salle met Cascade in a Dec. 17 game at Cascade and the Falcons routed the Cougars 91-55.

The Falcons were at the top of their game in last week’s practice game with the Trojans. Sterling Swift (19 points) and Aleah Goodman (15 points) led a balanced attack that saw five La Salle players score 9 or more points.

Playing with a take-no-hostages attitude, the Falcons out-scored their guests 25-7 in the first quarter and never looked back.

The Trojans (18-5) entered the game riding a 14-game win string. They went 12-0 in the PIL this season.

The Falcons (22-1) cruised to a 67-43 victory in last week’s Tri-Valley Conference league final at Molalla, finishing 10-0 in league with the victory. The Falcons were up 51-24 heading into the fourth quarter, when La Salle coach Kelli Wedin turned the play over to reserves.

Sterling Swift (12 points) led a balanced offensive effort that saw 11 players contribute points to the winning tally.

Morgan McSmith played a strong game all around, with six assists, five steals and five points.