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Madras girls hooping it up

Buffs still unbeaten in early going

   SportsEditor
   
   Yet another dose of good balance, aptly illustrated by junior guard Tosha Wilson, got Madras High's girls basketball White Buffalos into control and on their way to another win Friday at the Madras gym.
   The latest episode of that recurring storyline took place Dec. 7 when the Buffs beat Grant Union, 58-36, behind a trident like attack mounted by Wilson and teammates Nicole Main and Jaylyn Suppah, who led the Buffs with 16 and 11 points.
   When not taking the ball away from Grant Union, Wilson seemed to be grabbing rebounds or putting in her own points to push the Buffs toward another win on Friday. Though her 11 rebounds were the only statistic in which Wilson finished in double figures, she came close to a triple double.
   The junior star added nine points and eight steals to her rebounding.
   A spurt in the final minute of the second quarter stretched Madras' 10-point lead to 36-20 at halftime. Steals by Wilson then Main led to two Wilson lay ups in that span.
   Wilson had started the first half's frantic final minute by dishing the ball to Tarah Sweeney for a basket which made the score 30-20 at the time.
   Main converted yet another Madras steal early in the second half to give the Buffs a 38-20 lead. But the lead shrunk quickly thanks to Grant Union's Jessica Armstrong and Amy Courchesne. They made back-to-back three-point baskets.
   Grant Union was playing its first game of the season with a first-year coach.
   Madras coach Mike Osborne, in only his second season, said he wanted to have the team take the first few minutes of the game deciding what was going to work best.
   "We realized we had to settle down," Osborne said of the different paces the opponent was trying against Madras.
   But the Buffs made the varied paces work to their advantage.
   "One thing we do is have a bunch of offensive sets," Osborne said. He explained that it would be rare for the Buffs to go with the same set a third time if it failed on consecutive trips toward the offensive basket.
   "One of my philosophies is to be learning a lot," said Osborne.
   What the Buffs learned against Grant Union they will get to practice during a two-day, four-team tournament at Madras Friday and Saturday.
   It will be the first time a girls holiday tournament has been hosted by Madras in nearly 20 seasons. Osborne said it wouldn't bother him if Madras got to practice against a zone defense a little more as that is what the league teams tend to use, even though they have seen a lot of man-to-man in pre-season games so far.