Madras girls add another basketball win

Philomath flounders after competitive quarter

   Sports Editor
   Madras High's varsity girls basketball White Buffalos virtually redefined the term turnaround in a Dec. 14 home game against Philomath.
   Sparked by the shooting of senior guard Nicole Main and thievery of junior guard Tosha Wilson plus contributions from the entire band of Buffs, Madras mauled its way from a 15-9 defecit into a 23-17 lead in the first few minutes of the second quarter on its way to an eventual 58-25 win.
   Relentless pressure forced Philomath's Warriors into repeated turnovers in the second to fourth quarters. Madras outscored the visitors 47-10 during that span.
   Madras coach Mike Osborne explained how tempting Philomath eventually created a number of the Buffs' opportunities to run to layups or easy jump shots.
   Philomath posted up in the key and scored points from close range early in the game. But Osborne said he decided to tell his post players, like sophomore Elise Hawes, to just let Philomath's Warriors get the ball, but then adjust to take away the shot or pass. Between help from Wilson or Main and others, Hawes and posts contributed to a number of turnovers resulting in transition baskets.
   A 12-0 run by Madras on Friday turned Philomath's 15-9 lead into a 21-15 Buff advantage. The third of some five open jumpers from between 13- and 15-feet converted by Main on her way to a game-high 19 points gave Madras the 21-15 lead.
   That was just the start of a Madras onslaught which a number of the younger Buffs helped continue.
   Wilson found herself in the rare situation of being matched up against someone as quick and tenacious as herself, in the Warriors' Joanna Chadd.
   "Coach told me to stay with her before the game," Wilson said of the head-to-head battle which ensued between herself and Philomath's 5-8 junior.
   Besides scoring nine points and dishing out close to that many assists for Madras, Wilson went at Chadd strongly enough to limit her to four points.
   The seven points of Cheley Gellatly, also an all-star in soccer, led Philomath. Madras allowed only six Warriors to score and held the next highest scorers, in Kathryn Taylor, Chadd and Debi Arlyn to four each.