Vale girls complete sweep of Nyssa

NYSSA – The Vale girls’ basketball team continue to slowly climb the state rankings and are now sitting in the top ten after a 43-33 victory over Nyssa on Tuesday, February 11.

The Bulldogs took the tip and off a missed shot and offensive rebound, freshman Gracie Johnson put the first points on the score board. However, that one basket would be the lone points for the Bulldogs in the quarter. Vale took their first lead of the game at the 3 minute, 20 second mark as Sierra Cleaver drained a shot and gave the Vikings a 4-2 margin.

The eight point margin continued for Vale at the half as the Vikings led 18-10 and increased to 10 points heading into the final quarter as Vale led 33-23.

“We just had too many drives get past us and we did not move out feet,” said Nyssa coach Jeremy Chamberlain.

That lack of movement on the part of the Nyssa defense resulted in fouls and Vale going to the free throw line 27 times. After struggling in their last outing from the line, the Vikings helped their cause against the Bulldogs, shooting 18-for-27.

“I did like how the girls stayed in the game even when we were struggling,” Chamberlain said after the loss.

“I think our defense played well tonight,” said Vale coach Jason Johnson. “We tried a few new things tonight that worked well. I don’t think we rebounded well, but on both sides of the ball, Matyson Siddoway had a good game.”

Siddoway finished the night with 15 points, one point behind Emersyn Johnson’s 16 points to lead Vale.

“I think we played with great energy tonight and moved the ball around,” Siddoway said.

“We are just now playing up to our potential,” Johnson added.

For Nyssa, Johnson led the Bulldogs with 9 points. Hailey Castro added 7 points.

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

Vale is currently ranked ninth in the statewide standings and with the win, remain perfect in the Eastern Oregon League at 9-0. The Viks finish the season with two home games, facing non-league Baker on Thursday and finishing the regular season against second place Burns (18-4 overall, 7-1 league) on Saturday.

Nyssa (12-11 overall, 5-4 league) sits third in the league standings and finish the regular season with an important matchup against Burns on Friday evening.