Smith-Francis, Davis earn first-team honors
The Madras Lady Buffalos basketball team had five athletes earn Tri-Valley Conference honors — two first-team and three honorable mention honors.
The Lady Buffs ended the season with a 15-9 overall record, finishing second in the Tri-Valley Conference with a 7-3 record. Madras was the No. 9-ranked 4A girls team in Oregon.
In the nine losses this season, six were to the top eight ranked 4A teams, one to 6A Bend and another to a team from Washington. The Buffs only lost to one 4A team not ranked in the top eight.
They made the state playoffs, where they traveled to Cottage Grove and lost to the Lions 60-43.
Senior Jiana Smith-Francis and junior Jayden Davis earned first-team honors for the White Buffalos.
Joining Smith-Francis and Davis in first-team honors were Kaityn Curry, of Molalla, and Katie Ensign and Maya Hammack, of North Marion. Ensign also won the TVC player of the year, and North Marion head coach Trevor Bodine won TVC coach of the year.
Smith-Francis was a leader and captain for the Lady Buffs, being able to score in a variety of different ways while still being a facilitator and a strong defensive player. In 24 games, Smith-Francis averaged 14 points per game, shooting 41% from the field, 85.5% from the free-throw line. She finished the season with a total of 86 rebounds, 60 assists and 71 steals.
This was Davis' second first-team honor as a White Buffalo, and the junior still has one more year left. Davis was another two-way player who could do it all. Davis had a knack for getting to the rim at will, and when she did not finish at the rim or pass to a teammate, she was usually shooting free throws at the stripe.
She averaged 10.8 points per game, shooting 35.1% from the field. Davis also had a total of 125 rebounds, 61 assists, 94 steals and seven blocks on the year.
The Lady Buffalos averaged 53 points per game this year, and Smith-Francis and Davis combined average was 24.8 points per game.
Seniors Sha'Rita Johns and Dominique Walker and junior DaRia White earned honorable mention TVC honors for the White Buffalos.
Johns averaged 5.4 points per game, with a total of 96 rebounds, 22 assists and 49 steals. Walker averaged 6.5 points per game, shooting 35% from the field, with a total of 70 rebounds, 51 assists and 67 steals. White averaged 5.7 points per game, shooting 30.8% from the field, having a total of 79 rebounds, 44 assists, 41 steals and 10 blocks.
Davis and White will be the only TVC honorees returning for the Lady Buffalos next season.
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