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Madras Lady Buffalos basketball team loses to Hidden Valley, Astoria, beats Toledo at home tournament.

STEELE HAUGEN - Jiana Smith-Francis scores 25 points in three quarters during the Lady Buffs' 71-27 victory over Toledo Dec. 6.  Madras starts the season 1-2 and will travel to Bend High to take on the Lava Bears Dec. 17.The Lady Buffalos basketball team hosted a tournament Dec. 6-7 and Madras went 1-1, beating Toledo 71-27 and losing to Astoria 55-42.

In the Toledo game, Jiana Smith-Francis hit back-to-back jump shots, giving the Buffs an early 4-0 lead. A few plays later, Jayden Davis made a corner three. The Lady Buffalos full-court pressure was giving Toledo problems, and both Smith-Francis as Davis were able to get easy lay-ins off steals.

Madras stepped on the gas pedal and was able to score off their good defense, which led to easy basketball on the other side of the ball. The Buffs took a big 25-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the game was slowed by fouls, leading Toledo to shoot free throws often. Madras was still able to execute on offense and on their press, making the score 37-15 at halftime.

Smith-Francis hit a 3-pointer to start the second half, and a few plays later, Dominique Walker hit a 3-pointer of her own. After Walker's 3-pointer, Smith-Francis hit another 3-pointer and Toledo called a timeout with 4:27 left in the quarter down 47-17.

Smith-Francis ended the game with 25 points in three quarters of play.

"I thought we did really good, especially on defense," Smith-Francis said. "We had a lot of fouls, but over all it was good and we were able to share the ball around a lot. I credit my scoring to my teammates. They really found ways for me to get open and I was able to find ways to get them open. We had each other's back. The team needs to keep working hard and keep up the intensity in practice."

Jayden Davis had 19 points for the Lady Buffalos and Madras took care of business in the fourth quarter beating Toledo 71-27, but a very special moment for a player and the program happened at the end of the game.

STEELE HAUGEN - The Madras girls basketball team celebrates after Keala Rauschenburg, a player with down syndrome, hits a 3-pointer in the Lady Buffs' 71-27 victory over Toledo Dec. 6.With a very large lead, Keala Rauschenburg, an athlete with down syndrome, who has a love for the game was put in at the end of the game.

The Lady Buffs passed the ball to Rauschenberg the entire time, during the last few minutes of play, but her shots were just a bit off. She had one more chance to score as the clock was ticking zero and Rauschenberg threw up one more shot. The ball banked in as the horn blasted and the entire gymnasium erupted. Players and fans ran on the court to celebrate the amazing moment Rauschenburg was able to capitalize on.

"That was our main goal, to get a far lead so Keala could play," said Smith-Francis. "I am really glad she was able to and I hope she gets to play more throughout the season."

Loss to Astoria

Madras' next game in the tournament was against Astoria and the Lady Buffs struggled early in the game.

Several turnovers and missed shots by Madras led to Astoria taking a 18-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Buffs faced their largest deficit of the season, down 30-6 early in the second quarter, but picked up the pace as the quarter continued. Kathryce Danzuka was able to make several corner jump shots and lay-ins, helping Madras get back into the game.

A pair of Smith-Francis free throws cut the deficit to 32-20 and Madras called a timeout with two minutes left in the half.

At the end of the half, Smith-Francis heaved the ball from halfcourt as time expired and made the deep shot as the horn sounded. Madras went into halftime down 36-23.

STEELE HAUGEN - The Madras girls basketball team celebrates after Keala Rauschenburg, a player with down syndrome, hits a 3-pointer in the Lady Buffs' 71-27 victory over Toledo Dec. 6.The third quarter was a battle, with both teams working hard to find ways to score. At the end of the third, Astoria had a 49-29 lead.

In the final quarter, DaRia White hit a pair of jump shots and Danzuka hit a 3-pointer at the top of the key. Smith-Francis hit four free throws in a row and Madras was only down 51-42.

The end of the game was a defensive battle, but the lead was too much for Madras and the Lady Buffalos lost 55-42.

Season opener

The Madras Lady Buffalos basketball squad lost their season opener to Hidden Valley 62-59 on the road.

During the start of the game, a full court press led to a steal by the Lady Buffs and a lay-in by DaRia White, giving Madras a 4-2 lead. Madras was able to score 14 points in the first quarter, but also gave up 21 points to the Mustangs.

Madras was down 29-18 before Davis found Jonissa Scott open for a corner 3-pointer, cutting the Mustangs' lead down to eight.

A few plays later, another steal off the Lady Buffs lead to an easy lay-in by White, assisted by Dominique Walker, cutting the lead down to 32-23. The Lady Buffs entered halftime down 32-25.

In the second half, Walker found an open Danzuka at the top of the key and Danzuka hit nothing but net from behind the arc, cutting the Mustangs' lead down to 32-26.

Hidden Valley went on a big run, taking a 48-33 lead before Taya Holliday rebounded the ball and went coast-to-coast for a tough lay-in.

Down 51-35 near the end of the third quarter, Sha'Rita Johns stole the ball for Madras off a bad Hidden Valley pass and was able to make a mid-range jumper as time expired.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Buffs were down 53-41 before Davis hit a corner three, cutting the Hidden Valley lead down to single digits.

Madras kept inching their way closer to Hidden Valley and the Lady Buffs found an open Danzuka in the corner for an open 3-pointer. The basket was made and Lady Buffs were down 53-49.

Madras outscored Hidden Valley 19-11 in the final quarter, but the Lady Buffalos could not complete the comeback, losing 62-59 in a close battle to start the season.

Madras travels to Bend High to take on the Lava Bears at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 before traveling to Seaside for a tournament Dec. 19-21.

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