4A girls basketball
A highly anticipated contest for Corbett turned out to be devastating by the end of the night.
Madras (13-6, 6-3 TVC) spoiled the Cardinals (10-8, 5-4) senior night by winning 62-54 on Thursday night in front of a large home crowd at Corbett High School.
With the loss, Corbett falls to fourth place in the Tri-Valley, putting themselves in a must-win situation against first-place Molalla on Tuesday night if the Cardinals have any chance of qualifying for the postseason. Madras, on the other hand, takes control of second place with the win.
"Our girls gave it everything they got and I am very proud of the way they played," Corbett head coach Todd VanHee said. "We need to improve on some things, but the effort and energy was there. We had a great environment tonight and the game was competitive all the way through."
The matchup between two of the best guards in the league definitely didn't disappoint. Corbett's Rhiley Fritz led the team with 20 points and Madras's Lynden Harry had a game-high 31 points.
"Lynden is a quiet leader...She does everything for us on the court," Madras head coach Zack Lillebo said. "She is a team player and she know the game."
Corbett was playing without senior wing Josie Fort, who was forced to miss the game with a knee injury.
"Josie wants to play more than anybody, her knee just isn't cooperating right now," VanHee said. "I am hoping in the next day or two she can recover for our game against Molalla."
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