Buffs keep hold on Tri-Valley lead
The Madras White Buffalo girls basketball team split a pair of games with the Corbett Cardinals last week.
Madras fell 52-47 to the Cardinals at home on Tuesday, then rebounded to defeat Corbett 52-44 on the road on Thursday. Despite the loss, the White Buffalos are still in the drivers seat in the Tri-Valley Conference with a 7-1 league record and a 9-2 overall mark. Gladstone, who the White Buffalos play twice this week, is in second place with a 6-2 league record and a 7-2 overall mark.
The White Buffalos struggled to get going on Tuesday, committing a rash of turnovers.
Despite sloppy play, Madras led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter and 19-17 at the half. However, Corbett got things going offensively in the second half, outscoring Madras 15-11 in the third quarter and 20 to 17 in the fourth as they slowly pulled away for the win.
"It was most definitely uncharacteristic of us this year," Madras head coach Jerin Say said. "We had a lot of turnovers and I think that brought down our defensive intensity as well. We would get a steal and give it right back to them and then we would be out of position and they would score an easy basket on us. There is just no excuse for the lack of intensity and the lack of cohesiveness with our team down the stretch. It's just a lack of wanting it. The other team just wanted it more tonight than us."
Jayden Davis led the White Buffalo offensive attack with 15 points, while Sasha Esquiro and DaRia White each scored nine and Kathryce Danzuka finished with seven.
Corbett was led by Ella Holwege with 21 and Ally Schimel with 13.
Thursday was a different story. The White Buffalos jumped on top early and never looked back. Madras led 15-5 at the end of one quarter and 32-17 at the half. Corbett tried to rally in the second half, but it was too little too late as Madras held on for the win.
"The girls came out with a lot more intensity and set the tone of the game from the start," Say said. "We had a 15-point lead at halftime, but we started getting called for a lot of fouls in the second half, which threw off our rhythm. They got to within three points with two minutes left, but we started attacking offensively and picking up the pace of the game to end on a 7-2 run."
Danzuka led Madras with 17 points while Davis was also in double figures with 13. White added nine, Shantelle Henry seven and Esquiro six.
Corbett was led by Schimel and Maddie Lanter with 12 points each.
The White Buffalos were on the road at Gladstone on Tuesday. The team returns home for their final home game of the season against the Gladiators at 6 p.m. Thursday. Madras then travels to Prineville on Friday for a final non-league contest against the Cowgirls with game time scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Corbett 52, Madras 47
Corbett 8 9 15 20 – 52
Madras 10 9 11 17 – 47
Three-point goals: Corbett – E. Holwege 4, A. Schimel, S. Holwege.
Corbett – Ella Holwege 21, A. Schimel 13, Merrill 4, Lanter 4, S. Schimel 4, S. Holwege 3, Kendall 2, Johnsen 2, Vanttee. Totals: 20 6-15 52.
Madras – Jayden Davis 15, White 9, Esquiro 9, Danzuka 7, Henry 3, Holliday 2, R. Davis 2, Ramirez, Wapsheli Tewee. Totals: 17 9-18 47.
Madras 52, Corbett 44
Madras 15 17 11 9 – 52
Corbett 5 12 14 13 r– 44
Three-point goals: Madras – Danzuka 3, Esquiro 2, Henry, J. Davis. Corbett – E. Holwege 3, Lanter, Kendall.
Madras – Kathryce Danzuka 17, J. Davis 13, White 9, Henry 7, Esquiro 6, Ramirez, R. Davis. Totals: 18 7-10 52.
Corbett – Maddie Lanter 12, Ally Schimel 12, E. Holwege 10, Kendall 3, Merrill 3, S. Schimel 3, S. Holwege, Johnsen, Vanetee. Totals: 16 7-14 44.
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