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Buff girls drop IMC opener

by: Photo By Gary Lindberg - Inside scoring including a basket by Krista Haugen helped Madras stay close to The Dalles-Wahtonka early in the league game.

Oh those second shots.
   They were a key part of The Dalles-Wahtonka going ahead and building a lead at Madras. The visiting Eagle Indians went on to win 47-24 in the opening Intermountain Conference girls' basketball game for both teams.
   The White Buffalos continue the IMC season by traveling to Crook County on Friday. The Cowgirls went 1-1 in the opening weekend, falling to IMC favorite Hermiston (73-52) but beating Pendleton 63-50. Guard Jessi Lea led the way against Pendleton with 28 points.
   Madras also hosted Bend on Tuesday, Jan. 8 (played after press time).
   TDW 47, Madras 24: Extra shots were the difference for the Eagle Indians (1--0, 8-3) taking control in the second quarter. The visitors broke a 10-all tie by outscoring the Buffs 18-5 in the second quarter.
   The Eagle Indians had 17 shots in 13 possessions. Meanwhile, Madras took just five shots in the quarter while committing seven turnovers.
   That was a contrast to the opening minutes. The Buffs jumped ahead 10-4 thanks to their inside game. Klesia Plazola started the early run by scoring the opening four points. The sophomore hit a pair of free throws after being fouled and then a five-footer.
   Krista Haugen followed with a layup off a pass from Sarah Leutwiler. Marissa Ahern added a layup off a steal of an outlet pass. Jasmine Graybael then hit a 10-footer for a 10-4 lead.
   "We were aggressive early which is what we wanted to do," Madras coach Becky Burchell said. "It was a great first quarter for us."
   TDW caught up in the final two minutes. A pair of baskets on offensive rebounds were an omen for the rest of the game. The visitors turned two more offensive rebounds into field goals in the second quarter.
   "We didn't do a good job of blocking them out," Burchell said. "We gave them too many second-chance opportunities."
   TDW finished the game with 15 more shots than Madras (61-46).
   Andrea Bailey, in her first game back from a knee injury, led TDW with 13 points. Graybael led Madras with five points.
   The Buffs were playing without starting point guard Penny Danzuka (knee injury). She could be out for several more weeks.
   "Penny is very aggressive on defense and we miss that," Burchell said.