Lady Buffalos fly right past Cardinals
The Madras Lady Buffalos basketball team flew right past the Corbett Cardinals in a 57-33 Tri-Valley Conference victory in Madras Feb. 7.
Corbett took an early 3-1 lead, but a drive to the rim by Madras' Kathryce Danzuka and a jumper by DaRia White gave the Buffs a 5-3 lead. Corbett head coach Rosalie Contri called a timeout with 4:26 left in the quarter.
Grace Merrill was able to tie the game after scoring for the Cardinals on a fast break. White was able to score on a putback and hit a corner 3-pointer on the next play, giving the Lady Buffs a 10-5 lead.
A few plays later, Jiana Smith-Francis hit a floater for the Lady Buffs and Dominique Walker found Jonissa Scott for a jump shot to end the quarter and Madras had a 14-5 lead.
The White Buffalos used a mix between a full court and half court trap on defense to force the Cardinals to turn the ball over often.
Smith-Francis kept things going for Madras with a hard drive to the hoop and a few plays later, Scott scored back-to-back baskets to give the Buffs a big 21-5 lead.
After the big run by Madras, Corbett was able to get things going. Savanna Wolfe was able to give the Cardinals with an and-1 drive to the hoop. A few plays later, Tia Kendall hit a shot from behind the arc for Corbett.
Near the end of the second quarter, Luciana Raimondo was fouled on a 3-point attempt and Raimondo made all three free throws to help Corbett cut the lead down to 23-18.
Smith-Francis dribbled the ball to halfcourt with seconds left in the half and threw up a shot, that banked in at the buzzer. Madras had a 26-18 lead at the end of the first half.
Olivia Fritz scored the first points of the second half on a hard drive to the rim, but the basket was matched by a drive by Davis for Madras and Corbett called a timeout with 6:02 left in the quarter.
A jumper by White gave the Lady Buffs a 10 point lead. A few plays later, Isabel VanHee was able to score on a fastbreak for the Cardinals and teammate Sydney Schimmel hit a jump shot to cut the Madras lead down to six.
Smith-Francis was able to stop the small Cardinal run with another floater near the hoop for Madras and White found an open ShaRita Johns on a fast break, giving Madras a 34-24 lead.
After a timeout called by Madras, Wihte hit a corner three and Smith-Francis had a steal that led to a basket. Corbett called a timeout down 41-24 with 1:59 left in the third quarter.
The Madras run was stopped by a 3-pointer made by Kendell for Corbett.
White was able to get a steal, which led to an ChaCha Ramirez lay-in and a few plays later Johns was able to score on a putback at the end of the third quarter, giving Madras a big 45-27 lead at the end of three quarters.
The Lady Buffs outscored Corbett 19-9 in the third quarter.
Madras subbed out their starters and put in their bench to close out the game. The White Buffalos outscored Corbett 12-6 in the final quarter to claim victory over the Cardinals for a 57-33 final score.
Smith-Francis and Scott were the leading scorers for the Lady Buffs with 13 points, DaRia White added 12 points for Madras. Kendall ended the game with eight points for Corbett, while Fritz added six points.
The Cardinals host a non league game against Woodburn at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Madras Travels to Tri-Valley Conference leaders, North Marion (13-6) to face the Huskies at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.
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