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Second half starts for Buff girls' basketball

The second half of the Intermountain Conference season is here for the Madras girls' basketball team.
   The White Buffalos (0-6 IMC) are off to Mountain View on Friday to start the second half. Madras finished off the first half by hosting Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 29 (played after press time). Summit was coming off its first IMC victory of the season, edging Pendleton (39-34 at home on Saturday).
   Not including the Summit contest, Madras' closest league contest was against Mountain View. The teams were tied at 22-all at half. The Cougars slipped ahead in the third quarter and stayed ahead, winning 48-41.
   Madras coach Becky Burchell called the seven-point loss to Mountain View the team's best league game so far.
   "Now we know we can play with Mountain View and we have another shot at them," Burchell said.
   The Buffs have shots at the rest of the IMC teams as well, after a week's break. Madras has the task of hosting Hermiston on Friday, Feb. 8, less than two weeks after a tough loss on the Bulldogs' home floor.
   Hermiston 69, Madras 23: The IMC leaders were ready with a dominating first quarter. Down 20-0, the Buffs were outscored 14-10 in the second quarter.
   Reigning IMC player of the year Shoni Schimmel led the Bulldogs with 18. Former Madras player Briana Stacona added six, including a 3-pointer.
   A quartet of Buffs scored four points each: Jasmine Graybael, Marissa Ahern, JoElla Smith and Karlen Yallup.