La Salle coeds 12-3
La Salles fourth-ranked girls basketball team got off to a 2-0 start (12-3 overall) in Tri-Valley Conference girls basketball last week. The Falcons battled back from a 24-20 halftime deficit to beat cross-town rival Gladstone 44-39 in an intensely played game played at La Salle on Jan. 15, and they routed North Marion 59-23 last Friday.
The Falcons went on an 8-0 run to start the second half of the Gladstone game and maintained a lead the rest of the way, although the Gladiators kept it close.
Sterling Swift hit two free-throws with 12 seconds remaining to put the Falcons up by five and ice the win.
I was really happy with the effort at La Salle, said Gladstone coach Pat Scott. Its a tough place to play. But I think our kids are believing now that they can play with anybody. Theyre playing with a lot of confidence.... We had 27 turnovers [at La Salle] and we were in the game until the end.
The Gladiators were a hot-handed 17-of-31 (.548) from the field in the loss.
We elevated our intensity and played really solid defense the entire second half, limiting Gladstone to only one shot, said La Salle assistant coach Kevin Goodman. Our offense wasnt real pretty, but credit Gladstone for also having a strong defensive effort.
Swift headed the Falcon offense. The junior guard tallied a game-high 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting, with two 3-point baskets.
Junior guard Morgan McSmith added 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting. Junior point guard Allison Ilg had four assists.
Junior forward Andrea Novak (4 steals), senior forward Natalie Schlechter (3 steals) and sophomore point guard Tori Goodman (3 steals) headed the Falcon defensive effort.
Molly Webster (10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, 4 assists) was the only Gladstone player in double figures in scoring.
Swift scored 22 points to head up the offense in Fridays Falcon win at North Marion. Swift was on fire, hitting eight of 12 shots from the field, four of them 3-point baskets.
La Salle was in command all the way, building a 16-7 lead in the first period and holding the Huskies to single digits in every quarter.
Gladstone played tough defense and took care of business at Estacada on Friday, winning 52-31. The Gladiators forced 36 turnovers and turned a number of the turnovers into fast-break buckets at the other end of the floor.
Webster excelled on both sides of the basketball, scoring a game-high 17 points, making four assists and stealing the ball seven times. Kendall Schumaker stole the sphere six times; Mikaela Simac had five steals; Melissa Campos made four assists.
La Salle (12-3, 2-0) hosts Estacada (4-9, 0-2) this Friday, while Gladstone (7-6, 1-1) plays Madras (7-9, 2-0) on the road.