Hosanna, Nixyaawii win girls semis

By Gerry Steele / The Baker City Herald

Hosanna Christian and Nixyaawii each won their Class 1A state girls basketball semifinal games Friday to earn a berth in their first state title game.

Hosanna Christian nipped Crane 35-34, and Nixyaawii topped Perrydale 50-40.

Hosanna Christian 35, Crane 34

Hosanna Christian nipped Crane despite giving the Mustangs the opportunity to send the game into overtime at the end of regulation.

Leading 35-32, Hosanna Christian fouled Crane's Jessie Maley Loper as she attempted a three-point shot at the buzzer.

Loper went to the free throw line with three attempts. Loper made the first two free throws to cut the deficit to 35-34, but missed the third.

Hosanna Christian took the lead for good with 3:13 left in the third period. Carly Bigby's three-pointer broke a 21-21 tie. Hosanna Christian led 26-25 entering the fourth quarter.

Bigby led Hosanna Christian with 15 points. Abby Anderson added 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Emma Thompson 12 rebounds.

Loper led Crane with 12 points. Cassidy Corrigan added 10.

Crane 7 6 12 9 - 34

Hosanna Christian 8 4 14 9 - 35

Crane (34) - Buermann 0 1-2 1, Otley 3 0-0 7, O'Toole 2 0-0 4, Loper 4 2-3 12, Corrigan 5 0-2 10, Landon, Steeves. Totals 14 3-7 34.

Hosanna Christian (35) - Matchett 0 1-2 1, Anderson 4 0-0 10, Ronnander 2 1-1 6, Bigby 5 2-2 15, Thompson 1 1-1 3, Moro 0 0-3 0, Hampton. Totals 12 5-9 35.

Three-point goals - Otley, Loper 2, Anderson 2, Ronnander, Bigby 3. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Crane 12, Hosanna Christian 10. Technicals - none.

Nixyaawii 50, Perrydale 40

Nixyaawii led just 39-38 entering the fourth quarter, then outscored Perrydale 11-2 to earn the win.

Kristi Miller scored five points in the fourth period. Jessica Simspon, Kanisha Perry and Makayla McKay each added two.

Simpsonled Nixyaawii with 18 points. Miller added 10 points, and Perry 12 rebounds.

Cali Cruichshank led Perrydale with 24 points. Brooke Barnes had 13 rebounds, and Ashley Griffin 10.

Nixyaawii 11 18 10 11 - 50

Perrydale 9 12 17 2 - 40

Nixyaawii (50) - Simpson 8 2-5 18, Minthorn 3 1-2 8, McKay 1 2-2 5, Perry 4 1-4 9, Miller 4 1-2 10, Wilson, Red Elk. Totals 20 7-15 50.

Perrydale (40) - Cruickshank 11 2-2 24, Barnes 2 1-2 5, Hallock 1 2-8 4, A. Regan 1 0-0 3, Griffin 1 2-3 4, Mitchell, B. Regan. Totals 16 7-15 40.

Three-point goals - Minthorn, McKay, Miller, A. Regan. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Nixyaawii 10, Perrydale 15. Technicals - none.

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