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The Falcons knock off 6A foes South Salem and Beaverton on their way to the Final Four

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - La Salle Prep point guard Emily Niebergall prepares to send a pass ahead on a fast break during the Falcons 66-39 first-round win over Silverton on Friday.

The La Salle Prep girls basketball team made a run to the semifinals of the Les Schwab Northwest Summer tournament last weekend before hitting a dead-end sign with a 57-48 loss to Woodinville, Wash.

La Salle gained the upper hand with a barrage of 3s shortly after the opening tip and found itself up 15-9 when Lindsay Drango blocked a shot on the defensive end, then beat the shot clock with an 18-foot jumper.

Woodinville put on a spurt late in the first half to go into the break with a four-point lead, which would quickly expand to double digits.

La Salle closed the gap when Addi Wedin hit a step-back 3 from the top of the arc, followed by Emily Niebergall burying treys from each side of the floor.

In a flash, the Falcons were within a bucket.

But that was as close as they would get.

La Salle hit the boards hard and Niebergall knocked down a third-chance triple from the top of the arc to bring the Falcons within 51-45 as the clock ticked under two minutes.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - La Salle Preps Rhyan Mogel drives the baseline during the Falcons win over Silverton.

But Woodinville sealed the victory when rookie Veronica Sheffey beat the shot clock with an off-balance jumper from beyond the free-throw line. Teammate Mia Hughes would sink four consecutive free throws in the final minute.

La Salle Prep won its first four games of the tournament by an average margin of almost 18 points per game.

The Falcons' JVII squad gained a measure of revenge by knocking off Woodinville's JV team 50-34 to win the tournament's Division 2 Willamette bracket.

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