No. 2 Madras wins two top 10 games after loss
Suppah leads White Buffalos against Mazama
Class 4A No. 2-ranked Madras proved worthy of its ranking last week, despite losing its season-opening game against Class 5A Mountain View in girls basketball.
The White Buffalos responded with a pair of Class 4A victories. Madras topped No. 4 Mazama Dec. 9 and took care of No. 9 Henley the following night, both at home.
"The girls are growing defensively and settling in," Oster said. "We would have liked to have won our first game, but overall this group is coming together."
Madras (2-1 overall) visited Sisters (0-3) after press deadline Tuesday. The White Buffalos open against Astoria at 3:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Seaside Classic Thursday.
Mtn. View 41, MHS 38
Visiting Mountain View built a 15-4 lead in the first quarter only to watch it disappear in the closing minutes of the game, but the Cougars were able to fend off Madras 41-38 Dec. 6.
"We just shot really poor," Oster said. "You just can't miss easy shots, especially against good teams."
Abby Scott scored a game-high 25 points for Madras. The senior scored all 11 of the White Buffalos' fourth-quarter points.
Madras had a chance to even the game 39-39 with 1.8 seconds left in the game, but a missed front end of a one and one gave the ball back to Mountain View, who secured the game with a pair of made free throws.
Madras 54, Mazama 45
Senior Lauren Simmons drew a game-changing charge and senior Rosey Suppah had two clutch plays in the final minute to help lift Madras past Mazama 54-45 in a battle of two of the best Class 4A teams in the state.
The White Buffalos, who led 31-14 late in the second quarter, watched Mazama fight back to make the score 48-45 in favor of Madras. Simmons, however, changed the momentum of the game with a charge with 1:08 remaining in the contest and 30 seconds later, Mariah Stacona made her first free throw, but missed the second. Suppah corralled the rebound and found a cutting Scott for a two-point bucket and a six-point lead.
"I knew I had to finish strong and I just went for it," said Suppah, who scored a game-high 20 points. "This was a huge win because there was big talk about this game."
The White Buffalos forced a stop on the Vikings' ensuing possession and Suppah followed with a 3-point play the old-fashion way.
"She really stepped up and showed what she can do," said Scott of Suppah.
Scott finished with 19 points and Stacona scored nine points.
Madras 48, Henley 42
Despite shooting 5 of 16 from the free-throw-line, Madras downed visiting Henley 48-42 last Saturday.
Scott led the way with 19 points, Suppah added 12 and Stacona scored eight points, and had seven steals and six assists.
"It was her best game so far," said Oster of Stacona, a freshman. "She played the entire game and played really well against some of the best guards in the state this week."