Lady Buffs lose first, win next two games
The Madras White Buffalo girls basketball team went 2-1 in a Holiday tournament in Bend on Dec. 27-29.
The girls lost to 5A Ridgeview 42-38 in their first game of the tournament.
The Lady Buffs started slow, down 10-2 before Jiana Smith-Francis hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc, making the score 10-5 in favor of the Ravens.
A few plays later, Smith-Francis hit another three at the top of the arc to close the Ravens lead down to 12-8. Monika Stacona was able to put in a floater to make it a two-point game.
In the second quarter, the Lady Buffs were down 19-17 before Jalaney Suppah hit a three, puting the Buffs up 20-19.
Madras went into halftime up 20-19 over the Ravens.
The Ravens came out in the second half and went on a 7-0 run before Smith-Francis was able to drive to the hoop for an and-1.
A pair of free throws by Smith-Francis at the end of the third quarter made the score 29-25 in favor of Ridgeview.
In the fourth quarter, the Buffs were down 31-26, but a three by Jackie Zamora-Heath made it a two-point game and a tough drive and scoop by Smith-Francis tied the game at 31-31.
A few plays later, a fast break by Vanessa Culps gave the Lady Buffs a 33-32 lead. A pair of free throws by Jayden Davis tied the game at 35-35 and MHS head coach Jerin Say called a timeout with around two minutes left in the game.
The Ravens took a 40-37 lead with less than a minute left and the game turned into a free throw battle. Ridgeview was able to edge out Madras 42-38.
Buffs pull away
The Lady Buffs played Eatonville High School, out of Washington, next and the Buffs won 53-35.
Madras was down 12-6 early, but back-to-back threes by Kalise Holiday and Culps tied the game up at 12-12.
The Buffs were still down by one in the first quarter, but Holiday hit a corner three and the Lady Buffs took a 15-13 lead.
In the second quarter, Culps used her speed to score on a fast break and advance the lead to 17-13. A few plays later, Smith-Francis found Culps open in the corner and Culps buried a three.
At the start of the third quarter, Smith-Francis was able to find Culps again for a deep three and the Lady Buffs took a 35-24 lead.
Up 41-34 in the fourth quarter, Zamora-Heath passed the ball to an open Dominique Walker in the corner and Walker buried the shot, giving Madras a 10- point lead.
Walker found Zamora-Heath this time for an open three on the next play and Madras took a 47-34 lead.
The Lady Buffs recorded 17 assists and 14 steals as a team and were able to beat Eatonville 53-34.
MHS wins close game
In their last game, the Lady Buffs played 5A Thurston and was able to beat the Colts 56-54.
The White Buffalos were down 30-27 at halftime and were hanging in with Thurston throughout the game.
Madras outscored Thurston 29-24 in the second half and the Lady Buffs were able to beat the Colts 56-54.
"The girls really came out and played well together," Say said. "They played hard and the effort was there. I challenged them after the Ridgeview game and they excelled. We were making shots and getting steals and were able to pressure them really well. They had a big girl that would attack us in the middle and we were definitely out-rebounded, but we kept fighting and driving to the line instead of settling for outside shots."
Madras was led by Jayden Davis, who scored 24 points, and contributed with seven rebounds and five assists. Smith-Francis added 14 points and Suppah added 10.
The girls play at Mountain View next on Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.