Awesome twosome will be missed
But the Falcons will reload
MILWAUKIE - Seniors Brittaney Niebergall and Megan Hays put up some pretty big numbers this year, as they led La Salle Prep's girls basketball team to one of its best seasons in school history.
Niebergall, a 5-3 point guard, averaged 14.6 points, 7.4 steals and 6.3 assists. She made 132-of-251 (53 percent) field goal attempts, including forty-five 3-pointers, in 29 games.
Hays, a 6-3 post, averaged 18.5 points - on 223-of-365 (61 percent) shooting, 8.9 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 steals.
Senior wing Carlyn Chavez averaged 7.7 points and 3.2 assists.
Sterling Swift, a 5-7 freshman, averaged 7.5 points and just under two assists and two steals.
La Salle coach Jared Curtiss says that Niebergall and Hays are as yet undecided as to where they will attend college.
'Megan has offers from D2 Cal State Heyward, George Fox, EOU and Pacific Lutheran,' said Curtiss. 'She's leaning towards George Fox….
'Britt has the same offers, plus U.S. Naval Academy, Clackamas Community College and a number of other NAIA and D3s.'
Niebergall and Hays both excel in the classroom as well as on the hardcourt. Hays sports a 3.85 GPA, while Niebergall boasts a GPA of 3.65.
The Falcons finished the season with a school record 28 wins, en route to a 28-1 record and a state runner-up finish at the 2011 Class 4A State Tournament. It was La Salle's best finish since 1984.
The Falcons were state champions in 1981 and 1984, and La Salle's girls teams finished second in the state in 1979, 1980 and 1983.
The Falcons lose most of this year's varsity to graduation, but they should be decent again next year.
'Our program record for 2010-11 was 69-8,' said Curtiss. 'Our jayvees went 21-3, losing only to 6A Central Catholic, Clackamas and Beaverton, and going 9-0 in league….
'Our freshmen record was 20-4, with losses to Central Catholic, Clackamas, Gladstone and Madras jayvees. The freshmen went 7-2 in league….
'The jayvee margin of victory was 17.4 ppg; the frosh margin of victory was 13.9 ppg.'
La Salle's varsity this year out-scored its 29 opponents by an average of 23 points, 65-42.