Nyssa Girls Make Home Fans Ecstatic, Down Burns

NYSSA – Coming into the short season, the talk of the Eastern Oregon League was the Burns Hilanders. After the most recent matchup with Nyssa, talk should also mention the Lady Bulldogs.

Nyssa used hot outside shooting in the first half to send the home fans out of the gym with a good feeling, downing the Hilanders 65-60 on Thursday, May 27.
The Bulldogs opened the game with a three-pointer, fitting as senior Hailey Castro had five 3-point baskets in the first quarter. Seemingly unable to miss outside the 3-point arc, Nyssa led 21-13 as the first quarter came to an end.

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Burns was not done. Behind BSU-bound Allie Hueckman, the Hilanders cut the lead to two, trailing the Bulldogs 35-37 at the half.

Nyssa returned to the outside shooting and led 54-45 at the end of the third quarter. Burns was able to cut the lead to four with one minute left in the game, but the Bulldogs held on for the win.

“We gave it our all,” said Burns head coach Brandon McMullen. “We are not blessed with height, we are blessed with good basketball players. Castro just lit it up against us tonight and then Nyssa went inside to Johnson. I think we played decent tonight, not great.”

“I think we had great energy on both sides of the ball,” said Nyssa head coach Jeremy Chamberlain.

The two teams will meet again on Friday, June 4 in Burns.