Burns girls continue league run with win over Nyssa

NYSSA – The Burns girls’ basketball team solidified their second-place league standing with a 48-32 victory over the Nyssa Bulldogs on Tuesday, January 28 in Nyssa.

The game started slowly for both teams with no points on the board until the 6 minute, 7 second mark when Nyssa’s Britain Hartley was fed a pass under the basket and scored the easy basket. One minute later, Burns’ Kaitlyn Wright sank two free throws for the Hilanders’ first points. A shot at the buzzer by Nyssa’s Hailey Castro locked the two teams at 9 points each as the initial eight minutes came to an end.

Burns opened the second quarter on a six-point run, a deficit Nyssa was never able to overcome in the remainder of the league matchup. At the half, the Hilanders led 26-17.

With Nyssa having problems finding the shots to fall, Burns cruised through the second half to the Eastern Oregon League win.

“I thought overall, we had a decent night,” said Nyssa coach Jeremy Chamberlain. “We just need to hit our shots. We actually rebounded well, but we just could not get the ball in the basket.”

The win boosted the Hilanders to a 4-1 league record continued a four-game league winning streak.

“This is a tough place to play,” said Burns coach Brandon McMullen. “We decided to trust Allie (Hueckman) with the ball tonight and she came through. I think the girls really came through in the second half.”

“Allie (Hoke) really stepped up on defense tonight and set the tone,” said Hueckman. “We knew we had to keep being aggressive and it would come together.”

“The coaches got on us during halftime,” Hoke commented. “We just kept our heads and worked together in the second half.”

Photo Gallery – Burns v Nyssa – Girls Basketball – John Braese

The Burns defense held Nyssa to no player scoring in double figures. Jacey Hartley and Hailey Castro finished their night with 9 points each.

Hueckman was big for the Hilanders, scoring 23 points while Wright finished with 13 points.

Burns (15-4 overall, 4-1 league) is on the road to Umatilla on Saturday, February 1 with a game versus the Vikings (5-13 overall, 1-3 league).

Nyssa (10-8 overall, 3-2 league) attempts to shake off the loss with a road trip to Riverside (3-14 overall, 1-3 league) on Saturday also.