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WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Falcons' three teams finish with a 7-2 record at summer tourney in Centralia

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - La Salle Preps Emma Buchanan drives to the basket during the Falcons 52-35 win over Mossyrock in the JV bracket title game Sunday in Centralia.

The La Salle Prep basketball program travelled to Centralia, Wash., last weekend and its three teams combined to go 7-2 at the 'Hub City' summer tournament.

The Falcons' youngest summer squad, which includes several middle school players, won all three of its games to claim the JV bracket.

La Salle Prep finished with a 52-35 win over Mossy Rock in the finale. The team started fast with Reyce Mogel driving behind the basket and finding Olivia Shackleton for a corner 3. Late in the first half, younger sister Ella Shackleton handed the ball off at the top of the arc, floated to the right side, got the ball back and drilled a 3 that put the Falcons up 27-24 at the break.

The teams traded the lead three times over the first 20 minutes, but La Salle dominated the second half.

Jazzy Davidson helped the Falcons pull away by rattling home a runner down the left side of the lane. On the next trip, she took a bounce left, then spun back into the middle and hit an 8-footer in the lane.

Annie Page sank a long ball from the right side to give the Falcons their first double-digit lead of the game at 38-28 approaching 10 minutes to play. Yendora Young added an open 3 from the sideline, followed by a fast-break finish off the glass, and Emma Buchanan converted a layup in the lane. It was a flurry of three buckets in less than a minute to stretch the margin to 45-30.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - La Salles Ella Shackleton drives through a pair of defenders on her way to a layup in a first-round JV game Sunday.

Davidson put the game out of reach by scoring on three consecutive trips, a jumper from above the free-throw line, a turn-and-shoot from the block and a make from the charity stripe, to stretch the lead to 20 points as the clock dipped under four minutes.

A handful of players were wearing a La Salle jersey for the first time, while a mix of others are in their second summer season with the team.

"You can see their confidence growing in what we do," La Salle head coach Kelli Wedin said. "It's a great group of really talented kids with high basketball I.Q.s."

Many of those players also competed on La Salle's 'B' team in the Open Girls bracket. That meant six games and 240 minutes of court time, including an afternoon stretch that saw games stacked back-to-back-to-back.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - La Salles Jazzy Davidson looks to pass out of the corner.

The Falcons' B team went 2-1 in the Open bracket, finishing with a 36-34 win over Toledo. Olivia Shackleton fired an inbounds pass to Mogel for an easy two at the front of the rim and a four-point lead as the clock slipped under a minute. Olivia Shackleton sealed the victory with a pair of late free throws.

The La Salle varsity also went 2-1, reaching the Open division semifinals before falling 49-45 to Tumwater.

The Falcons went in front late when Mandy Sisu swiped a steal and Ella Wedin scored on a put-back opportunity. La Salle maintained the upper hand 45-43 when Addi Wedin weaved her way through a pair of defenders and converted a one-handed layup. But those proved to be the team's final points, as Tumwater rallied for the win.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - La Salle Preps Addi Wedin drives the baseline during the varsity bracket semfinals.

The team arrived a day early and turned the trip into an overnight bonding experience that included a team dinner, a trip to the Nike outlet store and a hotel scavenger hunt.

"The big goal here is to build those relationships," Kelli Wedin said. "We have new kids coming in and this is about getting to know each other, having fun and building our culture."

La Salle's younger two teams are in action at Sandy on Wednesday, while all three teams will be competing at a Centennial High tournament this weekend.

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