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The White Buffalos are still looking to recapture the momentum that led the team to a Tri-Valley title last season.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Madras sophomore Sasha Esquiro returned to action on Saturday after missing a few games. Esquiro led the White Buffalos in scoring with 13 points during the team's 55-51 loss to La Grande on Jan. 8.The Madras girls were back at full strength last weekend, but they came up just short against La Grande.

Following a 59-43 loss to Baker on Friday, Jan. 7, the White Buffalos played La Grande much more closely in a 55-51 defeat on Saturday.

The Buffs had their full roster available for the first time since before the Sisters Holiday Shootout, and the result was nearly a win. Madras led briefly near the end of the third quarter, but La Grande retook the lead and never gave it back despite the White Buffalos' best efforts.

Sasha Esquiro led the Buffs in scoring with 13 points, followed by Rylan Davis' 11. Kalise Holliday scored nine for Madras, including seven consecutive points in the fourth quarter that brought the score to 45-43. Noalani Harry and Cha Cha Ramirez each added five points, Talise Wapsheli had four, and Alexa Martinez and Lily Libokmeto each had two points.

The Buffs are now on a four-game losing since a 38-26 win over Sisters on Dec. 28. The team's overall record sits at 3-7, but there will be chances to right the ship this week for head coach Jerin Say and the Madras girls.

On Tuesday, the Buffs went down to Bonanza to take on the Antlers in a road game. Results of that game were not available at press time. Madras also plays at Riverdale on Jan. 13.


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