Basketball girls bow to Molalla
- Brian Liebenstein
- Madras Pioneer - Sports
>But beating Estacada keeps Madras in battle for league lead
Three days made a multitude of difference for Madras High's girls basketball White Buffalos in their most recent week of activity.
Tara Prow pulverized Estacada with 25 points in a 56-47 Jan. 15 Madras win before Molalla made the most of a chance to beat a fellow member of the Oregon 3A Top-10 poll when it visited Madras Friday, Jan. 18.
Sparked by a second- and third-quarter surge, Molalla claimed a 52-42 win in the non-league girls basketball game.
The White Buffalos, 3-1 in the bunched Tri-Valley League were headed to Wilsonville to test their rebounding ability in a Jan. 22 game.
Prow's poise in place of sidelined senior Nicole Main looked as if it left Estacada as disoriented as Main in the Jan. 15 Buff win. A first-quarter tirade netted Prow 13 of her points as the pressure she and Tosha Wilson provided helped Madras race to a 26-10 advantage.
Wilson wound up with 14 for Madras in an attack augmented by Jare Retherford's five points, Natalie Mitchell's four, Jaylyn Suppah's four, Tarah Sweeney's two, and one each from Michelle Manion and Jayleen Main.
Rebounds, blocks or interceptions helped ignite the rushes that netted the Madras scorers many of their points as Elise Hawes, Mauricia Cortez and Rylee Sweeney all contributed for Madras without scoring.
Andrea Hanson's 14 points and Stacy Imholt's 11 points proved the anchors of a Molalla attack which answered the challenge Madras had made in Friday's came by winning the first quarter. After trailing, 10-6, after the opening eight minutes, Molalla made the most of its height and speed to outscore the Buffs 18-10 in the second quarter to assume a 24-20 advantage. Madras gave up the first 11 points of the second half and could never completely regain momentum.
While trimming points from Molalla's lead to make it 39-27 at the start of the final quarter and then 41-31 only two minutes into the fourth period, Madras proved incapable of mounting enough of a charge to catch the Indians.
The 11 points Nicole Main posted proved Madras most prolific outing of Friday, but Wilson was equally effective with a 10-point game that included seven or eight rebounds and a handful of steals too. Tarah Sweeney's eight points were next in line for Madras which saw Prow held to three after her big game three nights earlier.
Molalla's rebounding rankled Osborne and the White Buffalos as it kept the Madras post players from having much of an impact. Wilson was a top rebounder, even though Tarah Sweeney, Hawes and Manion got to some missed shots. Getting two and three chances on many of their trips earned Molalla an advantage in opportunities.