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Madras girls drop first basketball decision of season

Last minute shots won't fall for Buffs

   By Brian Liebenstein
   Sports Editor
   Losing to Mountain View, 47-46, in a Tuesday, Dec. 18, non-league high school girls basketball game frustrated Madras Coach Mike Osborne.
   "It was as much that we gave it away as it was they stopped us," Osborne said of the White Buffalos first loss of the season after five wins.
   Madras was scheduled to host Henley in a non-league game Saturday, Dec. 22, but Henley's bus turned back near Diamond Lake. Henley's athletic director called Madras athletic director Margaret Sturza Saturday morning to explain the difficulty of the driving conditions.
   Osborne still had the girls suit, for a practice, in a slight simulation of a game where in he and the other coaches on the girls staff teamed up with a combination of alumni and others to give the Buffs a work out.
   Getting rid of frustration from Tuesday's loss was something which injured junior Tosha Wilson didn't seem to be experiencing, despite being at Saturday's practice. She played against Mountain View but found out later that the finger she hurt in warm ups was actually broken. That means Wilson will be healing at least until the first game of the tournament at Redmond.
   Wilson said she hoped the splint that was on her finger could help heal that finger by Christmas, in time to test it in a tournament at Redmond the Buffs will be in, starting on Thursday, Dec. 27.
   Nicole Main was Madras main scorer at Mountain View, with 16 points, but Wilson managed to score four and helped get the ball to her teammates. Elise Hawes was second in scoring for Madras at Mountain View, with seven points. There were six points chipped in by Jare Retherford and five by Tarah Sweeney to keep Madras on the Cougars' heels throughout the game.
   Robin Taylor's 20 points for Mountain View led all scorers but she was held to six in the second half.
   Felicia Field made the first part of a one-and-one free throw chance with 1:13 left for what proved the winning point for Mountain View.
   The missed chances Madras had at the end were reflected in the uncharacteristic 18 turnovers it made.