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Nyssa girls basketball edges out Santiam Christian to take third in state championships

Nyssa senior Hailey Castro shoots a layup in Nyssa’s second round loss to eventual state champion Clatskanie. (Photo courtesy of Anna Long)

NYSSA - The Nyssa girls basketball team took third place in the 3A state championships after defeating Santiam Christian 62-60 on Friday.

The Bulldogs were led by sophomore Gracie Johnson’s near triple-double performance that included 31 points, 16 rebounds and nine blocks.

“It was a game that could have gone either way but we hit shots when it mattered most,” said Nyssa . . .