Madras White Buffalos battle at Mountain view, lose to 6A Cougars 62-59 in close game.

STEELE HAUGEN - Jiana Smith-Francis controls the ball and looks up the court. The Buffs lost to Mountain View 62-59 on Jan. 4. (Photo from Dec. 27.) The Madras Lady Buffs took on the 6A Mountain View Cougars in an away game on Jan. 4, and lost a close game 62-59.

The score was tied at 4-4 before Jalaney Suppah found Jayden Davis behind the arc and Davis knocked in a 3-pointer to give the Buffs a 7-4 lead.

Mountain View took the lead at 12-9 and Davis received the ball from Suppah again, took two dribbles as Jiana Smith-Francis set an on-ball screen. Davis used the screen to find open space and bury a three to tie the game at 12-12.

On the next possession, Davis drove to the hoop and finished the drive with her left hand, giving the Lady Buffs a 14-12 lead.

Niya Bagley took one dribble and handed the ball off to Vanessa Culps in the corner. Culps gathered herself and knocked down a corner three to extend their lead to 17-12.

In the second quarter, Madras was up 25-24 when a Dominique Walker offensive rebound led to a wide-open 3-pointer made by Culps from Walker.

STEELE HAUGEN - Jayden Davis uses a cross over to get by a defennder. (photo from Dec. 27.)In the third quarter, the Lady Buffs found themselves down 42-35 to Mountain View. Davis drove hard to the hoop and found Bagley in the corner, who was able to hit a three and make the score 42-38.

Down 52-45 in the fourth quarter, Davis found Culps outside the arc. Without hesitation, Culps launched a deep three that found nothing but net.

A few plays later, a drive and pass by Jack Zamora-Heath to an open Culps, who made another 3-pointer, cut the Cougars lead down to 55-51 with short time left in the game.

The Buffs could not get by 6A Mountain View, as the Cougars beat the Lady Buffs 62-59.

Madras shot an incredible 47 percent from the 3-point line, but was outrebounded 53-16 in the game.

Davis led the way for the Lady Buffs with 27 points, four assists, and three rebounds. Culps was right behind her with 22 points, going 6-for-8 from behind the arc.

The Lady Buffs travel to Valley Catholic on Friday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. They also have their first league game at Corbett on Jan. 16, at 6 p.m.

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