LA GRANDE — Madras played with La Grande for a half, trailing 36-33 at halftime, before the Greater Oregon League girls basketball champions broke the Class 4A state playoff game open in the third quarter en route to a 65-43 victory.
“We went from being down four points to down eight, just like that,” White Buffalo coach Mike Osborne said. “It was turnover, turnover, turnover. It went downhill pretty fast.”
Mariah Stacona led Madras with 17 points and seven assists before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Teneasha Adams added eight points and four rebounds for the Buffs, who end their season 14-12 overall.
The Tigers (20-5) took control of the game after halftime, outscoring Madras 11-6 in the third quarter. It was more of the same in the fourth, as La Grande turned what was a three-point game after two quarters into a blowout. Breanna Partney led the Tigers with 26 points.
“They’ve got depth and experience,” Osborne said. “They’re a pretty decent team.”
In other Saturday action:
CORVALLIS — The Storm hung with the Spartans early, but in the second quarter, Summit coach Ryan Cruz said things “got away from us.” “We had a couple opportunities in the first to go ahead,” Cruz said. “We had a tough time handling (Corvallis’) pressure in the backcourt and were forced into turnovers.” In the second quarter, Summit was outscored 23-11 en route to a first-round loss in the Class 5A state playoffs. Sarah Heinly paced the Storm with 12 points, Raja Char added eight, and Christina Edwards finished with five points and seven rebounds. Summit ends the season with an 18-8 overall record.
KLAMATH FALLS — The Outlaws’ season came to an end in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. The Vikings, one of 4A’s two No. 1 seeds for the postseason, hit 26 field goals, including 11 3-pointers, to advance to the 4A state tournament. Taylor Nieri led Sisters with 11 points, but she was the only Outlaw to score in double figures. “They’re fast, they play tenacious defense and they can shoot the 3 with a hand in their face,” Sisters coach Julianne Horner said about the Vikings (24-2). The Outlaws finished the season with an official record of 8-16. “I’m just so unbelievably proud of these girls and how they responded to adversity this year,” Horner added.