Second-half surge sends La Salle past Corvallis, into 5A girls semis
La Salle Prep freshman Rhyan Mogel scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds, pacing the Falcons to a 65-46 victory over the Corvallis Spartans in Tuesday's quarterfinals of the OSAA 5A girls basketball tournament at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
Addi Wedin added 18 points and keyed a pivotal 11-1 run in the final 4-19 of the third quarter to help send the defending state champion Falcons (24-3) into Thursday's 3:15 p.m. semifinal against Northwest Oregon Conference-rival Wilsonville (24-3).
Elka Prechel led Corvallis with 13 points, and Anna Dazey and Ruby Krebs finished with 12 points each for the Spartans (17-9).
There were 10 lead changes before Corvallis' Daniela Dursch-Smith scored on a lay-up to give the Spartans a 38-37 lead with 4:49 to play in the third quarter.
La Salle then went on an 11-1 run that started with a Mogel lay-up and ended with a Wedin jumper, two Wedin free throws, and a Wedin lay-up, giving the Falcons a 48-39 lead.
Prechel converted a lay-up to open the fourth quarter and then the Falcons went on a 10-2 run, extending the lead to 58-43 on a pair of Wedin free throws with 4:14 to play.
Emily Niebergall also scored in double figures for the Falcons, who shot 48 percent (24 for 50) from the field, 30.8 percent (4 for 13) from 3-point range, and 72.2 percent (13 for 18) at the free-throw line. La Salle also had a 37-21 advantage in rebounds, including a 15-7 edge on the offensive end.
Corvallis shot 33.3 percent (14 for 42) from the field, and made only 1 of 6 3-pointers in the second half after knocking down 5 of 6 in the first half. The Spartans also had seven turnovers to La Salle's five.
CORVALLIS 17 16 6 7 — 46
LA SALLE PREP 14 21 13 17 — 65
Corvallis (46) — Elka Precehl 13, Dazey 12, Van De Riet 1, Dursch-Smith 7, Krebs 12, Conklin 1, Bluhm, Amoth, Boragine, A. Prechel, Sullivan, Kasper.
La Salle Prep (65) — Rhyan Mogel 23, Drango 3, Niebergall 10, A. Wedin 18, Sisul 2, Buerk 2, Collins 2, E. Wedin 5, Shackleton, Buchanan, Skoro.
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