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Swift continues hot in a 78-36 rout of Molalla

La Salle Prep's girls basketball team closed out the regular season in great form, routing Molalla 78-36 in a Tri-Valley League game played in the Falcon Brick Oven.

The Falcons took no hostages, rolling to a 19-2 advantage in the first quarter and coasting home from there.

It was the 12th win in a row for the Falcons (21-3), who finished with a perfect 10-0 record in the Tri-Valley Conference, three games up on Gladstone (15-7, 7-3) and Madras (14-11, 7-3).

The one-sided win over the Indians was a total team effort, as 10 players contributed points to the winning tally and five players had nine or more points on the night.

Sterling Swift continued tough to stop, scoring a game-high 19 points.

Ellie Mulvaney (11 points), Mckenzie Cook (10 points), Andrea Novak (10 points) and Natalie Schlechter (9 points) also made major contributions on offense.

The Falcons enter postseason play ranked fourth in the state in the OSAA power rankings. They've outscored their 24 points by an average of 24 points a game, 61-37. Their only losses heading into postseason play were in close games with Valley Catholic, the top-ranked team in Class 3A; sixth-ranked Banks, and 10th-ranked Seaside.

Defense and the offensive leadership of junior wing Sterling Swift have been pivotal. Swift is averaging better than 18 points a game, while making 49 percent of her shots from the field, including more than forty 3-pointers.

Led by Allison Ilg, the Falcons are averaging 17 steals a contest.

La Salle hosts 15th-ranked Phoenix (17-8, 6-4) in a Class 4A state playoff game this Saturday, with a berth in the Class 4A State Tournament on the line.

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