Lady Buff posts produce points
Bad roads canceled the trip to Portland. So, the White Buffalos traveled south to LaPine for a 50-45 nonleague loss. LaPine also had its scheduled game canceled.
The loss drops Madras to 3-2 with a Tuesday, Dec. 19, home game against Madison (after press time). Play in the 5A Intermountain Conference starts at The Dalles on Friday, Jan. 5.
Before that, the Buffs play in the Sisters Tournament, starting Wednesday, Dec. 27 with a 4:30 p.m. opener agaisnt Mollala.
LaPine 50, Madras 45: The first quarter was right out of the game plan. The Buffs wanted to pass the ball to the posts.
So Jacoba Smith had six points and Krista Haugen five in Madras' 20-point quarter.
"We pounded the ball inside," Buff coach Becky Burchell said. "With our 6-footers (Haugen and Smith), we used our height advantage."
It was part of leads of 20-15 at the end of the first quarter and 27-21 at halftime. Then LaPine's shooting heated up with 29 points in the second half.
"They were hot and we cooled off," Burchell said. "We were still getting the ball inside, but our shots weren't falling."
Haugen finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds (11 on the offensive end). Shirelle Adams added eight points despite playing with a sprained ankle. Chrishana Johnson was unable to play due to a pulled leg muscle.
Madras 50, Sisters 37: An emphasis on inside offense helped the Buffs to an insurmountable lead.
Haugen scored 16 and Yolanda Yallup 10, both season highs as the Buffs led 29-16 at half. Briana Stacona added 10 points and three steals.
Haugen also led strong board work with 11, seven on the offensive end. Whitley Ruiz added seven rebounds.