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CHAMPIONS: Nyssa ends dream season with state title crown

COOS BAY – Heading into the final of the 3A girls basketball tournament Saturday night, it was certain the trophy was headed to eastern Oregon, just not how far it was going.

As it turned out, almost to the Idaho border.

Nyssa beat Eastern Oregon League rival Burns 33-30 for the title at Marshfield High School, the school’s first in girls basketball since 2007.

The Bulldogs had to dig deep for the title, one night after edging Sutherlin in a classic semifinal battle, coach Jeremy Chamberlain said. Nyssa defeated Sutherlin 48-44 on Friday.

“It was a tough game,” he said. “We found a way to gut one out. We were resilient tonight. Our legs were dead after last night.”

But Nyssa’s spirits were high after beating Sutherlin, said Laney Hartley, one of the team’s senior leaders.

“I think after we beat Sutherlin, we knew we could . . .