La Salle Prep girls take down Hillsboro, 62-52
When La Salle Prep's girls basketball team needed a big play, Addi Wedin stepped up and delivered Friday night.
Wedin scored a game-high 19 points and anchored a crucial 12-2 run to start the fourth quarter, leading the No. 3-ranked Falcons to a 62-52 Northwest Oregon Conference girls basketball road win Friday over the Hillsboro Spartans.
Emily Niebergall added 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals to help the Falcons (21-3, 12-1 NWOC) run their winning streak to 10 games and complete a two-game sweep of their season series with Hillsboro.
Margaret Shively finished with a team-high 15 points for the Spartans (13-10, 7-6), who leaned on their starting five to play all 32 minutes without any substitutions.
La Salle had a 46-42 lead through three quarters and then opened the fourth with a 12-2 run that all but put the game out of reach with 3:35 to play.
"I thought our effort was there, our heart was there, and La Salle ended up playing a better basketball game than we did," Hillsboro coach Sara Harsin said. "We competed. And we competed throughout."
La Salle coach Kelli Wedin praised her players for their dogged determination on offense, but she also was critical of some defensive lapses that kept the Falcons from breaking the game open sooner.
"It was a gritty performance and sometimes you've got to win that way," she said. "I'm proud of the girls for continuing to fight and continuing to make plays down the stretch.
"But we pride ourselves so much on defense and I just felt we gave away too many opportunities that we weren't supposed to give them."
La Salle's Amanda Sisul sparked the Falcons' fourth-quarter run with a basket off a Hillsboro turnover, and then Addi Wedin converted three consecutive lay-ups — a flurry that pushed the lead to 54-42 and signaled the beginning of the end for the Spartans.
"Addi is a good ballplayer and we didn't stop her," Harsin said. "She had something to prove and she came out and did what she does – she scored, she rebounded, and she took control at key times.
"I don't want to say we didn't have an answer for her, but she played a good, solid game, and we did not stop here the way we need to."
La Salle scored the last seven points of the first quarter to take a 17-13 lead and then opened the second quarter on a 6-2 run, capped by a Wedin 3-pointer that gave the Falcons a 23-15 lead with 5:58 to play in the half.
After Wedin connected again from long distance to give the Falcons their largest lead of the half, 34-25, in the final minute of the first half, Shively answered with a 3-pointer for Hillsboro to pull the Spartans within 34-28 at halftime.
La Salle had a 39-28 lead early in the third quarter when the Spartans mounted their strongest charge of the night – a 14-4 run highlighted by two Dylan Kem 3-pointers, a Shively deep ball, and a Kylie Fernstrom bucket from inside the paint that pulled Hillsboro within 43-42 with 1:25 to play in the third quarter.
The Falcons took charge after that, scoring the last three points of the third quarter to take a 46-42 lead, followed by the 12-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter that helped put the game out of reach.
La Salle's Rhyan Mogel also finished 10 points and a team-high seven assists, and Ella Wedin added seven points and three rebounds for the Falcons, who shot 59.5 percent (25 for 42) from the field with five 3-pointers.
"We told the girls that this was going to be like a playoff game today," Kelli Wedin said. That was our message to them and that they better take it seriously because Hillsboro is fighting for playoff position and was probably going to put it all out there.
"I was disappointed. We just didn't execute what we wanted to do and what we talked about doing. Credit to Hillsboro for knocking down shots. I don't know what they shot from 3-point range, but it wasn't bad at all."
Kem scored 12 points, McKenzie Staub added 10 points and six assists, and Rian Porter chipped in nine points, a game-high 10 rebounds, and five assists as the Spartans shot 47.6 percent (20 for 42) from the field, including 10-for-23 shooting from beyond the arc.
"I really thought at the beginning, we were really working as a team," said Kem, the Spartans' junior guard. "We played our game, we played some good defense, and we played hard on offense.
"I think we just got tired. We were pushing all game and it was hard to keep all that energy up when we were playing from behind. We honestly pushed hard the entire game and gave it all we could. I'm excited to see where we go from there."
LA SALLE PREP 17 17 12 16 — 62
HILLSBORO 13 15 14 10 — 52
La Salle Prep (62) — Addi Wedin 19, Niebergall 11, Drango 7, Sisul 6, Mogel 10, Skoro 2, E. Wedin 7, Collins.
Hillsboro (52) — Margaret Shively 15, Dylan Kem 12, McKenzie Staub 10, Fernstrom 6, Porter 9.
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