Neither coach was happy after Ridgeview edged Madras 42-38 Thursday.
Playing in the opening game of the girls portion of the Oregon Holiday Hoopfest at Summit High, the Ravens led for most of the 32 minutes but allowed the White Buffaloes to stay in the contest due to poor free-throw shooting.
Ridgeview missed eight free throws in the fourth quarter.
“There was definitely some rust there and we’re having some problems staying within our structure and running our offensive sets,” Ridgeview coach Shan Hartford said. “We struggled a lot. The fact that they came back and played well in spurts was enough to get us a win.”
The Ravens led 31-26 early in the fourth quarter, but a 3-pointer by Madras senior Jackie Zamora-Heath followed by a layup from junior Jiana Smith-Francis tied the game at 31 with 5:47 remaining.
After Ridgeview went 1-for-4 from the free-throw line, Smith-Francis bounced a pass to Vanessa Culps in stride for an open layup to give Madras a 33-32 lead.
Ashley Hall then made one of two free throws to tie the game and Rylee Troutman knocked down two more to give the Ravens a 35-33 edge.
Madras’ Jayden Davis tied the contest again with two more free throws. But a putback on the other end by Alaina Clark gave the Ravens the lead for good with 1:40 to go.
While the White Buffaloes’ defense kept them in the game, they did not do quite enough on offense.
Madras scored eight points in the first quarter and just five in the third.
“That was not our team,” Madras coach Jerin Say said. “We came out just super flat and no energy. We just struggled to get it going. We just didn’t have the heart and desire to compete. There’s a lot of girls on this team that can shoot the ball and score and get to the hoop. We just got stage fright for some reason attacking the hoop.”
Smith-Francis scored 18 points to lead the White Buffaloes.
Ridgeview’s offense struggled to beat Madras’ press.
“It was probably the best press that we’ve seen all season,” said Troutman, who led the Ravens with 19 points. “They were on us the whole time so now I think we’ll be more ready. It was an eye-opener to us. We need to work really hard on our press and be stronger with the ball. It was a lot more physical than we normally play.”
Class 5A Ridgeview (4-5) and 4A Madras (5-4) will continue play in the Hoopfest Friday and Saturday.
“We seem to be stuck in that spot right now of just barely getting it done or not getting it done,” Hartford said. “We should be playing a lot better. We’ve got to get over that.”
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