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Girls hoopsters place third

Stacona goes for 31 in semifinal
The Madras girls basketball team finished third at the Seaside Holiday Classic after they clobbered La Pine, 44-20, Saturday at Seaside High School.
   The White Buffalos dropped a tough one in the semifinals Friday, 55-51, against the Elma (Wash.) Eagles, and won their first-round game against Newport, 36-25, Thursday.
   "We're getting there," Madras head coach Mike Osborne said. "We're going back to fundamentals defensively and making better adjustments between quarters."
   The Newport win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Buffs.
   Madras 44, La Pine 20
   The Buffs captured third place at the tournament in a big way with a 44-20 victory against La Pine.
   Madras point guard Mariah Stacona posted a double-double to lead the Buffs, 19 points and 11 steals, and Inez Jones scored 12 points to help Madras get past the Hawks.
   Madras jumped out to a 9-2 lead early in the game, then turned up the heat on the Hawks with pressure defense and forced turnovers, which led to easy baskets on the offensive end.
   The Buffs used a 16-4 second-quarter advantage to take control of the game before halftime, turning a 10-6 lead into a 26-10 halftime lead.
   La Pine scored just two points in the fourth quarter.
   Elma (Wash.) 55, Madras 51
   Stacona and Elma's Megan Finger went shot for shot in the semifinal game Friday night, but Finger and the Eagles got the best of the Buffs and their point guard, 55-51.
   Finger posted a game-high 34 points for the Eagles and Stacona notched 31 points, but the Buffs couldn't overcome an early 15-0 deficit in the opening part of the first period.
   Vanessa Esquivel was the only other Buff that scored in double figures with 10 points.
   Madras outscored the Eagles 14-8 in the fourth period.
   Madras 36, Newport 25
   The Buffs handed the Newport Cubs their fourth loss when they grinded out a 36-25 win to open the Seaside Holiday Classic on Thursday.
   With the two wins, Madras moved to 3-6 on the season.
   The Buffs will open the Stayton Holiday Classic against Scappoose on Thursday in Stayton.
   Scappoose is 2-4 on the year and rated No. 34 in the Class 4A OSAA RPI.
   Madras is No. 20 in the RPI, right behind Tri-Valley Conference rival Gladstone.