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Nyssa girls back in state quarterfinal basketball action

Nyssa’s Sailor Hartley goes for two of her game-high 18 points against Amity defender Keeley Graham. (The Enterprise/John L. Braese)

The Nyssa girls basketball team is back in familiar surroundings -- quarterfinal play of the state tournament.

As it has been all season, Bulldog defense is the reason Nyssa continues to advance through state tournament play.

The Bulldogs are making the return trip to North Bend High School after a 45-36 victory over Amity last Friday in first-round action.

“This team relies on defense and it showed tonight,” said Nyssa Bulldog sophomore Syriah Trujillo. “We helped each other out when needed.”

The Bulldog defense took over the game in the third quarter, allowing Amity to put only 3 points on the board.

“This is the best we played . . .