COOS BAY -- The 2013 girls champions are one win away from repeating.

Returning champion Valley Catholic took out Nyssa 41-34 on Friday in the girls 3A state semifinals to force a rematch of the Valiants' 2012 final loss to Vale.

"I don't look at it as a revenge game," Valley Catholic head coach John Innes said of Saturday's 7 p.m. final at Marshfield. "(My girls) remember it, and that probably drives them to be a little bit hungrier about tomorrow, maybe dig a little deeper in crunch time. It's not just another team we're playing, it's a team that got us pretty good two years ago."

The first quarter saw four lead changes before the Valiants' Maddie Vinson hit a pair of free throws to put Valley Catholic up 11-10 with 10 seconds left in the first quarter.

Valley Catholic never trailed from that point on.

"I think everyone set the tone for themselves," post player Molly Danielson said.

The Bulldogs cut the lead down to 32-28 a minute into the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs were blanked for the next 5:44 without a single point.

The story of the game was turnovers for both teams. Combined for 50 turnovers in 32 minutes, Nyssa had 29 and Valley Catholic, 21.

Innes put the inflated turnover tally on the fact that the Valiants had faced a man-to-man play like Nyssa's "a total of zero times over the course of a the season."

Innes placed intense defensive pressure the perimeter, smothering Bulldogs guards like Justice Martinez, Karina Contreras and Beatriz Ramirez in a full-court press that forced turnover after turnover.

Nyssa's coach called the amount of giveaways "uncharacteristic" and an insurmountable problem for the Bulldogs on Friday.

"It was a sloppy game," Nyssa head coach Jeremy Chamberlain said. "The bottom line was we didn't protect the ball like we needed to, to stay in the game."

Katlyn Hashagen kept the Bulldogs in striking distance early with 13 points in the first half on the way to a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Hashagen shot 6-8 from the field, but saw her team's turnovers and collective shooting -- 25 percent overall and 0-for-16 from 3-point range -- as too much to overcome.

"We just had a lot of turnovers and missed shots we'd usually make," Hashagen said. "We all needed to believe and we all needed to go for it but we couldn't get our shots to fall."

Hashagen was covered by Danielson on the night, who finished with 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. After the game, Danielson said she was excited to get the challenge of guarding someone taller than she.

"In my league there wasn't that many tall people so I was ready to get into it," Danielson said of the 6-foot-1 Hashagen, "I thought we did really well. We really trusted each other and were really aggressive and got into it."

Nyssa will face Willamina tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. in Marshfield for the third-pace trophy.

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