Nixyaawii girls win state champship

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BAKER CITY, Ore. - Nixyaawii's girls came out on top of the Oregon 1A bracket, taking home the hardwear and state championship with a 75-50 victory over Hosanna Christian Saturday night.

Hosanna Christian's Lions grabbed an early lead at 4-0 in the first five seconds off a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer, but the Golden Eagles got their first lead of the night off the Lion's second turnover with 5:11 to play in the first quarter.

Kanisha Perry, Nixyaawii's player of the game, converted the turnover into a two-point goal and 6-5 lead.

And the lead held. Nixyaawii closed the quarter up 20-11 and ended the first half with a 43-31 lead.

The Lions made 30 turnovers on the night.

The Lions closed within 10 points midway through the third quarter, but would get no closer as the Golden Eagles, led by Jessica Simpson's 20 points on the

night, streaked to the championship win.

Perry posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Mary Matchett had 19 points for the Lions and went 6-for-13 from 3-point range. Matchette was selected Hosanna Christian's player of the game.

Nixyaawii finishes the season at 28-3.

Nixyaawii 75, Hosanna Christian 50

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN (50) - Lynn Sundet 0-0 0-0 0, Moro 1-6 0-0 2, Matchett 6-14 1-6 19, Anderson 4-10 0-0 12, Hampton 0-0 0-0 0, Ronnander 3-14 1-2 7, Bigby 4-19 0-0 9, Koepke 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 18-65 3-10 50.

NIXYAAWII (75) - Wilson 0-3 0-0 0, Red Elk 1-4 0-0 02, Simpson 8-15 3-3 20, Minthorn 5-18 2-3 13, Watchman 0-0 0-0 0, McKay 3-8 1-2 9, Perry 7-9 5-7 19, Moses 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 3-14 5-7 12. Totals 27-71 16-22 75.

HC 11 20 1 8 - 50

Nix 20 23 17 15 - 75

3-point goals - HC 11-38 (Matchett 6-13, Anderson 4-8, Bigby 1-10, Ronnanger 0-3, Moro 0-4), Nix 5-21 (Simpson 1-3, Minthorn 1-7, McKay 2-4, Red Elk 0-1, Miller 1-6). Total Fouls - HC 18, Nix 13. Fouled out - Matchett (HC). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - HC 49 (Anderson 13), Nix 48 (Perry 10). Turnovers - HC 30, Nix 17. Assists - HC 11 (Matchett 4), Nix 16 (Miler 7).

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