>Buffs bow after beating Sherwood
Madras High's girls basketball White Buffalos slid to 2-1 in Tri-Valley League after losing at La Salle High, 30-28, Friday in Milwaukie. Missing many opportunities took the biggest toll on Madras, said Coach Mike Osborne of Madras.
La Salle took only 21 shots compared to 51 for the White Buffalos but made 12 baskets compared to only 11 for Madras.
"I think one of their goals was to slow it down," Mike Osborne, the Madras coach, said. Taking shots doesn't bother him, Osborne said, but he was a bit disappointed over the girls not waiting for better chances, when they could have.
Nicole Main's nine points led Madras, followed by eight from Tosha Wilson, six from Tara Prow, three from Tarah Sweeney and two from Jare Retherford.
LaSalle's Sara Topping, with 10, was the only player in double figures.
"Hopefully, we'll take the idea to play with emotion to heart," Osborne said, in noting that Madras needed to play aggressively again, as much as it needed to win.
While coming early in league play, like one at Estacada last year, Osborne said the loss at La Salle was different than the first league loss the Buffs suffered a season ago.
Osborne said the Buffs being unbeaten at the time of the loss to Estacada last season, instead of being saddled with three losses, like this year, made it more of a "wake up call." The Buffs should have known they needed to come ready to play at every game this year, he added.
Coincidentally, its offensive and defensive aggressive came in spurts for Madras in a Jan. 8 home game. Madras trimmed Sherwood 51-48.
Tosha Wilson's 12 points tied Elise Hawes for the team lead for Madras as the Buffs' balance survived a sharpshooting squad that nearly kept the Buffs from going to 2-0 in the Tri-Valley League.
Freshman Jaylyn Suppah's pair of free throws for Madras with 1:21 left in the game broke a 48-48 tie.
Hawes, a sophomore post player, tied Wilson for the most points on the team but received strong support from senior Tarah Sweeney off the bench. Its bench sparked Madras on a couple of occasions against Sherwood, said Osborne.
Having Tarah Sweeney come in and make some interceptions by anticipating a pair of Sherwood's passes in the second quarter helped spark Madras to a run that regained momentum after Sherwood had taken a 16-9 lead.
Both Madras and Sherwood had six scorers.
Rounding out the Wilson, Hawes and Tarah Sweeney trio for Madras were Suppah with eight, Natalie Mitchell with seven, and Nicole Main with four. Main had been Madras' main scorer but was surrounded by Sherwood on many plays.
Kim Leith and Kasie Gillespie, with 16 each, topped Sherwood as the game's co-leaders in scoring. The 16 remaining points in Sherwood's total were split among Jessica Byrum, with seven, Carlee Stinton, with 4, Abby Houston, with four, and Stephanie Caster, with 1.
A showdown with defending state champion Wilsonville, which it lost to in last year's championship game is looming for the Buffs, next Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Wilsonville.
First, however, the Buffs will need to have dealt with entertaining Estacada Tuesday in preparation for a second consecutive home game Friday. Madras will have Molalla visit it Jan. 18 in a non-league contest.