Lady Buffs back on track
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.
Currently Madras moved back up to second place in the Tri-Valley Conference with a 4-2 record. North Marion (6-0) is the league leaders and Gladstone (4-2) and Molalla (3-3) are third and fourth.
Madras Travels to Tri-Valley Conference leaders, North Marion (13-6) to face the Huskies at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.
Easy win over Rangers
The Madras Lady Buffs outscored the Estacada Rangers 33-21 in the first half and 37-24 in the second half to come away with a 70-45 victory Feb. 4.
That put Madras in the second-place spot in the Tri-Valley Conference, and Molalla, who was in second in the TVC, is now third after a 56-47 loss to Gladstone Feb. 4. After Tuesday's games, Madras and Molalla are now both 3-2 in the TVC, with North Marion (5-0 TVC) as the league leader.
Dominique Walker hit a 3-pointer to start the game and, a few plays later, scored back-to-back baskets, one of which was from behind the arc. Walker scored the first eight points for the Lady Buffs to start the game, and Madras had a six-point lead.
Smith-Francis hit a 3-pointer, and Estacada called a timeout, behind 11-2 early in the game. Near the end of the opening quarter, ChaCha Ramirez and Davis both hit 3-pointers to give the Lady Buffs a 20-5 lead heading into the second quarter of play.
Madras used its first-quarter lead to cruise to a 70-45 victory. Walker led the way for Madras with 18 points, making four 3-pointers. Smith-Francis scored 12, and Davis added 10 for the Lady Buffs.
Estacada's Rylie Gipple led the Rangers in scoring with 13 points.
The girls play at North Marion, who is ranked No. 6 in 4A Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. They have a home game against Gladstone on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The Lady Buffs lost 48-30 to North Marion in their first matchup Jan. 24 and beat Gladstone 67-55 on Jan. 28.
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