NYSSA – Walking into the Nyssa High School gym, the McLoughlin girls’ basketball team had a perfect season with a 7-0 record. Getting back on the bus for the trip home, the Pioneers were 7-1 after falling to the Lady Bulldogs 29-62 on Friday, June 18.
The game was less than one minute off the clock before Nyssa sophomore Gracie Johnson had the first points on the board for the Bulldogs off a rebound and an easy shot back into the basket. MacHi promptly tied the score at two points off two free throws by Emma Leber.
Johnson then went on a terror of scoring, putting in 8 of her game high 23 points in the first quarter. As the clock hit zero for the first quarter, Nyssa led 17-9.
McLoughlin was able to keep the game within reach in the second, trailing at the half 21-36.
Nyssa put up 20 points in the third while holding the Pioneers to only six points and led comfortably, 56-27 going into the final eight minutes. With the starters on the bench, the Bulldogs cruised to the win.
For MacHi, senior Daniela Angel, a Walla Walla Community College signee, led the team with 11 points. Leber ended the game with 7 points.