Lady Buffs, currently ranked No. 9 in 4A, sit alone at first place in the league standings.

WILL DENNER/MADRAS PIONEER - Kaliyah Iverson (3) led Madras with 11 points against Gladstone on Tuesday, helping the Lady Buffs move their record to 13-2, 3-0 Tri-Valley Conference.So far this season, the Madras girls basketball team has proven its ability to win in a variety of ways. That has been the case so fair in Tri-Valley Conference, where the Lady Buffs have started 3-0.

Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Molalla, which was last year's league champion, it was Madras that was playing from behind early.

Molalla led 18-12 after the first quarter, and entering the final quarter, Madras held just a three-point lead. But the Buffs outscored Molalla by eight points and won 77-66. Lynden Harry handled Molalla en route to 31 points, and Jiana Smith-Francis added 17.

At Estacada on Friday, the Buffs' suffocating defense produced 19 steals in the first half, and led to easy offense.

Madras held Estacada to just seven points during that stretch, while scoring 37 of its own to take a commanding lead at halftime, won by a comfortable, 57-28 margin.

Jayden Davis led the Buffs with 16 points, while Harry stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, five assists and five steals.

Most recently aginst Gladstone Jan. 23, Gladstone's defense got the better of Madras early, as the Gladiators led 9-6 after the first quarter. But Madras held Gladstone to just two points in the second quarter, and led 22-11 at halftime. Kaliyah Iverson and Harry each had 11 points for Madras.

The three TVC wins has put Madras alone in first place, and the only undefeated team in league games. As of Jan. 23, Madras was ranked No. 10 in 4A.

The Lady Buffs will play host to Corbett on Friday at 5:30 p.m., with the boys varsity game to follow immediately afterward.

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