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Lady Buff win hopes slip away

by: Photo By Gary Lindberg - Madras post Klesia Plazola (35) helped  the Buffs stay even with Mountain View and Melissa VanTassell during the first half of the Intermountain Conference game.

A 6-0 spurt at the end of the first half didn't carry over into a win for the Madras girls' basketball team.
   The White Buffalos went into halftime tied against visiting Mountain View in a Saturday Intermountain Conference game. The visiting Cougars won 48-41.
   Madras also lost at Pendleton (69-41) on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The Buffs had another trip north, to IMC leader Hermiston, on Tuesday, Jan. 22 (played after press time).
   The first half of the IMC season finishes up on Tuesday, Jan. 29, with a home game against Summit. The Storm are also winless in the IMC entering this week (0-6, 3-13 overall) with a tough weekend coming up. Summit hosts Hermiston on Friday and Pendleton on Saturday.
   Mountain View 48, Madras 41: The Buffs scored the final six points of the first half to force a 22-all tie against the Cougars. Marissa Ahern had a layup and then drained two free throws. Cheyenne Wahnetah closed out the half with a rebound basket.
   "We were more aggressive, especially at the end of the first half," Madras coach Becky Burchell said. "Sometimes, halftime gets in the way of momentum and it did that night."
   The Buffs were tied despite foul trouble to starters Klesia Plazola, Krista Haugen and Jasmine Graybael. The trio all had two fouls before the five minutes left in the first half.
   Plazola gave Madras an early lead by scoring six points in the opening four minutes. It was part of the Buffs jumping ahead early.
   The fouls eventually took their toll. Mountain View started making foul shots, in the second half. The Cougars made just four of 11 in the first half.
   That changed in the second half, as the visitors made 14 of 25. Mountain View made its first five, including three by leading scorer Morgan Hofman who was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer. Hofman finished with a game-high 18 points.
   Madras had also had free throws, but made just one of six in the third quarter. The Buffs hit just nine of 21 for the game.
   "That hurt us," Burchell said. "If we're hitting our free throws, that could have changed the outcome."
   The Cougars led by five (36-31) at the end of the third quarter and stayed ahead by hitting six more free throws.
   Haugen led the Buffs with 10 points while Ahern and Plazola had eight each.
   "Overall, this was one of our better games," Burchell said. "Now we know we can play with Mountain View and we have another shot at them (on Feb. 1 in the Cougars' gym)."
   Pendleton 69, Madras 41: The host Buckaroos took control with a 19-9 advantage in the second quarter.
   Haugen scored 16 and Plazola had 11 points.