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    3: 0.44 11p02 A budding psychologist on Maÿ 4: 0.58 12p00 dras High's girls basketball Buffs is  5: 0.73 12p00 one who would probably not be  6: 0.88 12p00 among most observers' main susÿ 7: 1.02 1p11 pects.
    8: 1.17 11p02 Yet, Nicole Main has her mind  9: 1.31 12p00 made up. If everything falls into  10: 1.46 12p00 place she wants to try to continue  11: 1.60 12p00 her basketball career while studying  12: 1.75 12p00 psychology at the University of San  13: 1.90 12p00 Diego. The senior was named to the  14: 2.04 12p00 all-state tournament team and later  15: 2.19 12p00 listed as an all-state performer for  16: 2.33 12p00 Madras last year. She is among  17: 2.48 12p00÷those being recruited by the  18: 2.63 12p00 University of San Diego's coaching  19: 2.77 1p08 staff.
    20: 2.92 11p02 She has communicated as alÿ 21: 3.06 12p00 lowed under N.C.A.A. rules but  22: 3.21 12p00 hearing that Main would do much  23: 3.35 12p00 talking would be a bit of a surprise  24: 3.50 7p00 to her present coach.
    25: 3.65 11p02 "Nicole is actually a quiet perÿ 26: 3.79 12p00 son. Yet, she's still a leader,"  27: 3.94 12p00 Madras Coach Mike Osborne says  28: 4.08 12p00 of the senior. She falls into the  29: 4.23 12p00 mold of a leader by example the  30: 4.38 12p00 Madras coach said of the senior  31: 4.52 12p00 who had one of her top scoring  32: 4.67 12p00 games so far when Madras lost at  33: 4.81 12p00 Mountain View of Bend, a 4A  34: 4.96 12p00 school compared to Madras's 3A  35: 5.10 4p07 classification.
    36: 5.25 11p02 Main patrols a guard post for the  37: 5.40 12p00 Buffs with both defensive and ofÿ 38: 5.54 12p00 fensive flair. She forces opponents  39: 5.69 12p00 into mistakes or turnovers on a  40: 5.83 12p00 regular basis and will often post  41: 5.98 12p00 both five or more steals and at least  42: 6.13 7p08 five assists in a game.
    43: 6.27 11p02 "I like handling the ball," said  44: 6.42 2p00 Main.
    45: 6.56 11p02 As the eldest daughter of Robert  46: 6.71 12p00 and Sandra Main, Nicole Main  47: 6.85 12p00 enjoys having younger sister Jayÿ 48: 7.00 12p00 leen on the Madras High team plus  49: 7.15 12p00 getting to watch younger brothers  50: 7.29 12p00 Aaron or Robert Jr. play, when  51: 7.44 10p00 their schedules don't conflict.
    52: 7.58 11p02 She said Coach Mike Osborne  53: 7.73 12p00 keeps reminding her to take her  54: 7.88 12p00 shot, when open, but that he has  55: 8.02 12p00 also stressed "being more defense  56: 8.17 3p01 minded."
    57: 8.31 11p02 During her first couple of seaÿ 58: 8.46 12p00 sons in the program she tried to be  59: 8.60 12p00 more defense minded, said Main, to  60: 8.75 12p00 follow the coach's wishes. In Osÿ 61: 8.90 12p00 borne's first season at the helm, last  62: 9.04 12p00 year, she found herself doing a lot  63: 9.19 12p00 of driving to the basket, but now he  64: 9.33 12p00 is asking her to shoot more, Main  65: 9.48 3p05 explained.
    1: 0.15 11p02 Racing toward the basket or  2: 0.29 12p00 passing the ball to teammates when  3: 0.44 12p00 she has the chance is just part of  4: 0.58 6p11 Main's many goals.
    5: 0.73 11p02 But, one goal has a bit more  6: 0.88 9p05 intensity associated with it.
    7: 1.02 11p02 "We have a team goal that we set  8: 1.17 12p00 during the summer league we were  9: 1.31 12p00 in. Our goal is to win the league,"  10: 1.46 12p00 Main said. Doing that will require  11: 1.60 12p00 both beating highly regarded Jill  12: 1.75 12p00 Noe and Wilsonville and avenging  13: 1.90 7p09 one defeat to Estacada.
    14: 2.04 11p02 "We've got a kind of grudge  15: 2.19 9p11 against Estacada," said Main.
    16: 2.33 11p02 But the steps to the Buffs goal of  17: 2.48 12p00 a Tri-Valley League title will come  18: 2.63 12p00 one at a time, Main mentioned.  19: 2.77 12p00 There is enough balance in the  20: 2.92 12p00 league that the coalition of soccer  21: 3.06 12p00 and volleyball players on the Maÿ 22: 3.21 12p00 dras roster can't afford to overlook  23: 3.35 12p00 The Dalles, La Salle, Sherwood or  24: 3.50 12p00 Valley Catholic, let alone Wilsonÿ 25: 3.65 6p01 ville or Estacada.
    26: 3.79 11p02 She respects all the players in the  27: 3.94 12p00 league she goes up against and  28: 4.08 12p00 knows she needs to work hard to  29: 4.23 12p00 get open for shots no matter who  30: 4.38 11p11 she's up against, Main pointed out.
    31: 4.52 11p02 While Madras can beat everyone  32: 4.67 12p00 she knows it can't afford to take  33: 4.81 12p00 any league teams for granted, said  34: 4.96 2p03 Main.
    35: 5.10 11p02 Adjusting to be ready for each  36: 5.25 12p00 Tri-Valley team will amount to  37: 5.40 12p00 modifying some lessons she picked  38: 5.54 12p00 up a couple of summers ago at a  39: 5.69 12p00 camp she was invited to in San  40: 5.83 2p03 Diego.
    41: 5.98 11p02 Main explained that there were  42: 6.13 12p00 players from throughout the westÿ 43: 6.27 12p00 ern states and some states even  44: 6.42 11p05 further away attending the camp.
    45: 6.56 11p02 "It was kind of hard adjusting to  46: 6.71 12p00 having all-around players at every  47: 6.85 12p00 position, but it helped make you  48: 7.00 12p00 ready for higher levels," Main said.
    49: 7.15 11p02 Such preparation paid off for  50: 7.29 12p00 Main in the form of her selection to  51: 7.44 12p00 both the state tournament's all- 52: 7.58 12p00 tournament team and a statewide  53: 7.73 12p00 all-state roster a couple weeks after  54: 7.88 10p06 the tournament in March 2001.
    55: 8.02 11p02÷Competing with multi-skilled  56: 8.17 12p00 players at the camp helped Main's  57: 8.31 12p00÷skills enough that she has an  58: 8.46 12p00 interesting favorite play that she  59: 8.60 4p09 likes to make.
    60: 8.75 11p02 "We call it Saturday Morning  61: 8.90 12p00 Breakfast, because it's so rare for  62: 9.04 12p00 most of us to have breakfast on the  63: 9.19 12p00 weekend," Main explained of her  64: 9.33 12p00 looking to block shots on the rare  65: 9.48 8p05 times she gets a chance.
    1: 0.15 11p02 "If I try to take a shot I try to get  2: 0.29 12p00 them off balance first (before going  3: 0.44 12p00 up to release the shot)," Main  4: 0.58 12p00 explained of her own method of not  5: 0.73 7p11 getting blocked herself.
    6: 0.88 11p02 She said that while she doesn't  7: 1.02 12p00 notice it very often, she is pretty  8: 1.17 12p00 sure Coach Osborne is probably  9: 1.31 12p00 trying to use psychology on the  10: 1.46 12p00 Buffs at times. But whether she has  11: 1.60 12p00 been exposed to it or not, Main is  12: 1.75 12p00 still considering psychology as her  13: 1.90 12p00 first coach of major, unless someÿ 14: 2.04 12p00 thing sways her mind. Given the  15: 2.19 12p00 arts community in San Diego, it  16: 2.33 4p04 may happen.
    17: 2.48 11p02 "I'm really fond of my art class. I  18: 2.63 12p00 find it's really soothing," Main said  19: 2.77 12p00 of the escape from some of the  20: 2.92 12p00 stress of competing on the court  21: 3.06 12p00 and in the classroom. She said she  22: 3.21 12p00 expects her interest in arts to be  23: 3.35 12p00 something she continues for years  24: 3.50 5p04 beyond college.
    25: 3.65 11p02 Working on basketball has her  26: 3.79 12p00 focus when she is in the game, but  27: 3.94 12p00 Main is not averse to coming out,  28: 4.08 12p00 when Osborne decides to replace  29: 4.23 12p00 her. She said she and the other  30: 4.38 12p00 players usually don't ask to be  31: 4.52 12p00 subbed for, the coach can tell when  32: 4.67 12p00 they're tired or need a break to  33: 4.81 2p10 regroup.
    34: 4.96 11p02 When she does regroup, said  35: 5.10 12p00 Main, the Buffs are in good hands  36: 5.25 12p00 with the assortment of substitutes  37: 5.40 12p00 available. Without naming Jare Reÿ 38: 5.54 12p00 therford or Michelle Manion or  39: 5.69 12p00÷Jayleen Main, the Buffs' main  40: 5.83 12p00 Main said "I really do have a lot of  41: 5.98 12p00 confidence when I go out. We have  42: 6.13 12p00 a really good back up at all posiÿ 43: 6.27 2p02 tions."
    44: 6.42 11p02 Being the eldest in her family has  45: 6.56 12p00 helped her communicate within the  46: 6.71 12p00 team, even though Main herself  47: 6.85 12p00 admits to being "kind of quiet." She  48: 7.00 12p00 said that she feels it is easier for  49: 7.15 12p00÷anyone to talk with someone  50: 7.29 8p07 younger more than peers.
    51: 7.44 11p02 Maybe that has something to do  52: 7.58 12p00 with Main's coaches observing that  53: 7.73 12p00 she lets her play do most of the  54: 7.88 5p04 talking for her.
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