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Madras Lady Buffalos beat Gladstone 67-55, lose to Indians 50-41 for second place spot in Tri-Valley.

STEELE HAUGEN -  Jiana Smith-Francis makes a no-look pass during the Lady Buffs' 50-41 home loss to Molalla Jan. 31.  Smith-Francis was the leading scorer with 13 points for Madras.

The Molalla Indians used a strong second half to defeat the Madras White Buffalos girls basketball team 50-41 in Madras Jan. 31.

Madras and Molalla both got off to a slow start but Molalla was able to push out to 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.

After the break, Molalla went to a full-court press the Buffalos and it backfired as Madras went on a quick 9-0 ruhn to start the second half, taking a 29-18 lead.

The Indians, though, kept fighting hard to cut into the Buffalos' lead and they were able to draw some fouls on the Buffs. 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 an 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.

Against Gladstone

Madras was able to cruise to a 67-55 away game victory over Gladstone Jan. 28. Smith-Francis and Jayden Davis scored a combined 41 points for the Lady Buffalos.

The Lady Buffs jumped out to a fast start and back-to-back baskets by Sha'Rita Johns gave Madras a 8-2 lead. Near the end of the opening quarter, Dominique Walker hit a 3-pointer to give Madras a 15-8 lead. The Lady Buffs had a 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Buffs went on an 8-2 run to start the second quarter and Madras had a 12-point lead. Davis scored back-to-back baskets to close out the first half and the Lady Buffs had a 36-20 advantage heading into the third quarter.

Smith-Francis scored six unanswered points, followed by four unanswered points by Davis, and Madras extended their lead to 26 points.

From there, the Buffs cruised to the finish line to take the 67-55 victory.

Smith Francis scored 21 points for Madras and Davis was right behind her with 20 points. Walker added 12 points for the Lady Buffs and Johns ended the game with eight points.

Jade Crowley scored 19 points for Gladstone and Hanna Hopkins added 14.

The Lady Buffs are ranked No. 9 in 4A and have a 2-2 Tri-Valley Conference record, and a 10-7 overall record.

Madras moved to third in the TVC behind North Marion and Molalla

Madras travels to Estacada to take on the Rangers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 and host Corbett at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

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