In a pivotal Tri-Valley Conference girls basketball game Tuesday, Gladstone knocked off Madras for the second time this season.
The Buffs struggled to rebound against the Gladiators' front line of 6-foot-1 Sophia Hollingsworth and 5-foot-9 Grace Campbell.
But most glaring was the Buffs' 13 missed free throws. They cut the deficit to 59-53 with under two minutes remaining, but couldn't convert from the line.
Madras and Gladstone now have identical 5-3 conference records, but the Gladiators hold the tiebreaker based on head-to-head results. That leaves the Buffs in third place.
Corbett, which beat Estacada-61-32 on Tuesday, also has a 5-3 league mark, but its loss to Madras earlier. Madras plays Corbett on the road Thursday at 7 p.m.
Gladstone 60, Madras 50
Gladstone — Grace Campbell 12, Madi Mott 12, Jillian Sharp 11, Grace Chappell 8, Zoee Haines 3, Cameron Cronin 2, Desiree Alvarado 2, Sophia Hollingsworth 2
Madras — Lynden Harry 15, Smith-Francis 10, Kaliyah Iverson 5, Jackie Zamora 4, Alesha Freeman 3, Annie Whipple 2, Kiersten Anderson 1
Gladstone 10 15 10 15 — 60
Madras 8 6 9 17 — 50
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