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Rough patch not quite over for MHS girls hoops

Team going through growing pains
After winning the first game of the season against Crook County, the Madras girls basketball team has dropped three straight games.
   The White Buffalos fell to the Mountain View Cougars on Tuesday, 49-21, then to Banks on Thursday, 74-33.
   The Buffs then went to Henley on Saturday and lost, 38-32, to end a tumultuous week on the hardwood.
   Against the Cougars on Tuesday, Madras jumped out to a 9-5 lead after the first period, but scored just 12 points in the remaining three periods combined.
   Mountain View outscored Madras 30-5 in the second half, and the Buffs were nearly shut out in the third period.
   Vanessa Esquivel drained a 3-pointer as the horn sounded to keep the Buffs from posting the goose egg in the frame.
   The Buffs played their home opener against Sisters on Tuesday, but the result wasn't available by the Pioneer's press deadline.
   They will be at home again next Tuesday against Bend.
   Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at Madras High School.