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Molalla Indians close out Madras Lady Buffalos 50-41 in Tri-Valley Conference showdown Jan. 31.

STEELE HAUGEN - Madras' Jiana Smith-Francis was the leading scorer for the Buffalos, but Madras fell short to Molalla 50-41 Jan. 31.The Molalla Indians defeated the Madras White Buffalos girls basketball team 50-41 in Madras Jan. 31.

Madras and Molalla both got off to a slow start as the Molalla Indians took a 12-6 lead over the Buffalos.

In the second quarter, a fast break basket by Hannah Nelzen gave Molalla a 10 point lead and Madras head coach Jerin Say called a timeout with 4:56 left in the half.

After the timeout, the Lady Buffs went on a 12-0 run, taking a 20-18 lead over Molalla at halftime.

Molalla decided to full court press the Buffalos and Madras went on a quick 9-0 to start the second half, taking a 29-18 lead.

The Indians were fighting hard to cut into the Buffalos lead and with 3:35 left in the third quarter, Molalla was in the bonus. The Indians went on a 6-0 run to end the third quarter and the score was tied at 33-33.

Molalla was able to use penetration to get to the rim early in the fourth quarter and went on a 8-0 run. The run was stopped by back-to-back baskets by Madras senior Jiana Smith-Francis, but the Buffalos were down 41-37.

With Madras in foul trouble and the Indians in the double bonus, Molalla was able to close out Madras for a 50-41 victory in a big Tri-Valley Conference game.

Smith-Francis was the leading scorer for Madras with 13 points and right behind her was DaRia White with eight points. Nelzen was the leading scorer for Molalla with 14 points, while Amy Wills and Zoe Wood both added 12 for the Indians.

Madras travels to Estacada to take on the Rangers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, while Molalla has a home game against Gladstone at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.

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