La Salle Prep knocks off Wilsonville, 79-63, advances to 5A girls' final
CORVALLIS -- La Salle Prep's girls' basketball team still has one game to play -- and it's for another state championship.
La Salle's Addi Wedin scored seven of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Falcons closed out a 79-63 victory over top-ranked Wilsonville in Friday's OSAA Class 5A girls' basketball semifinals at Gill Coliseum.
Alyson Miura added 21 points and Lauren Vreeken chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds to help send the No. 5 Falcons (24-4) into Saturday's 8:30 p.m. final against No. 2 Springfield, a 54-34 winner over Crater in Friday's other semifinal.
This marks the fifth time in the last five seasons that La Salle has played for a state title, having won 5A championships in 2015 and 2017.
Last season, the Falcons lost in the finals to Marist Catholic.
"I'm so excited," Wedin said. "We lost last year in the state championship game and just knowing that feeling … like, that's not going to happen again. We're going in knowing we're going to win."
The Falcons outscored Wilsonville 18-11 in the final 6:32 of the second quarter to take a 37-30 halftime lead and then countered every run the Wildcats made in the second half with a run of their own.
After Wilsonville's Cydney Gutridge converted a three-point play to draw the Wildcats within 52-47, the Falcons answered with a 6-2 burst that ended with Wedin scoring on a lay-up to make it 58-49 with 17 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats were still within striking distance when Reese Timm made two free throws to cut La Salle's lead to 60-54 with 6:57 to play in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons came back with an 11-4 run that made it 71-58 and all but put the game out of reach with 2:50 to play.
Mia Skoro came off the La Salle bench with eight points and three assists, Amanda Sisul added six points, and Lindsay Drango chipped in five points, including a clutch 3-pointer that gave the Falcons a 35-28 lead with 1:14 left in the first half.
Emily Niebergall had another five points for the Falcons, who shot 61.4 percent (27 for 44) from the field to Wilsonville's 41.2 percent (21 for 51).
"Big-time plays, and that's what it's all about this time of the year," Falcons coach Kelli Wedin said. "We've done all we can do as coaches for these girls to prepare them for this, and now it's their job to go out there and make the plays they make every day.
"Tonight was just kids making the right plays at the right time. It didn't matter if it was a rebound, diving for a loose ball, or boxing out Wilsonville's big girl. All those things collectively are what really gave us the separation in that game."
But the Falcons still have one more game to play.
"I'm so excited," said Miura, the USC-bound guard who along with Vreeken transferred to La Salle for their senior seasons and what they hoped would be a chance to play for a state championship. "We just wanted this the whole season and we're finally here."
Emilia Bishop, Wilsonville's 6-foot-2 sophomore post, finished with a team-high 18 points with seven rebounds and one blocked shot. Gutridge added 14 points, and Sydney Burns had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (22-6), who will face Crater in Saturday's 6:45 p.m. third-place game.
"La Salle shot lights out," Wilsonville coach Justin Duke said. "I give them a lot of credit. We were in some bad defensive positioning a few times, but you shoot 62 percent and … it's just really, really impressive what they've put together and the way they share the ball.
"It is disappointing, but at the same time, it's so hard to win it all. You have to have a lot of things fall in the right spot. For our seniors to be here for the first time, that was the most special thing, was getting to play in front of a couple of thousand people or whatever was here tonight.
"Four years ago, that was unthinkable for this program, so that's really exciting and something to be proud of."
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