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Buffs drop overtime game to Outlaws

Things went south in a hurry for the Madras White Buffalos girls basketball team in a 45-37 overtime loss to Sisters last Tuesday in Madras.
   After the Buffs took a 34-32 lead on a Mariah Stacona jumper from the elbow with 3:42 remaining, things for the Buffs looked good.
   In the span of about 30 seconds, however, the Outlaws turned a 35-35 tie into a 41-35 lead after steals and layups by Cassidy Edwards and Savannah Spear before the Buffs knew what happened.
   With such a young roster of players, Madras head coach Mike Osborne said this was just part of the learning process, albeit a tough way to learn.
   "The last eight minutes of the game was where we're going to learn," he said. "We weren't very disciplined late in the game, and Sisters is a pretty good team."
   Madras held a four-point lead, 32-28, after Inez Jones made a second free throw attempt after having her initial miss wiped out due to a Sisters lane violation with 1:10 left in the game.
   Sisters knocked down the front end of a bonus 1-and-1 foul shot situation to climb within three, then senior guard Taylor Nieri cashed in a 3-pointer with 11.7 seconds left to tie the game and send it into overtime following a missed Madras shot.
   In a low-scoring regulation, Madras led at halftime, 16-14, and at the end of the third period, 25-22. The Buffs always seemed to have an answer for every Sisters rally.
   After a Stacona missed jumper, freshman Kiana Adams snatched the rebound and kicked it out to Jones for a jumper that tickled the twine and gave the Buffs a 30-24 lead with 3:25 in the fourth.
   Madras had to play a lot of the second half without Stacona, however, after she picked up her fourth foul with 22.4 seconds left in the third period.
   Before the foul, she curled off a high screen and drained a 3-pointer to give the Buffs a 25-19 lead with 54.2 seconds left.
   Even with the big plays, Madras still wasn't careful enough with the ball late in the game, and took some ill-advised shots and wasted possessions.
   "We've just got to figure out how to put games away," Osborne said. "It comes down to figuring out when to score and when to hold on to the ball. We put up a couple shots that weren't really that close, and we didn't rebound."
   Madras hit just five foul shots in 11 attempts, while the Outlaws knocked down 13 charity shots in 22 tries.
   Stacona led the Buffs with 12 points, and Kalan Wolfe and Vanessa Esquivel each had seven.