NORTH BEND -- After 31 tightly contested minutes, Nyssa and Glide's final two plays defined their girls quarterfinal matchup.
Down two with eight seconds left, the Wildcats had two opportunities to send it to overtime, but the physical Bulldogs defense stifled Glide and gave Nyssa a 32-30 win Thursday.
"It was a wild ending," Glide head coach Brannon Smith said. "I wanted to be in that position. We played the way we needed and ran the play I wanted, but we saw what happened from there."
Glide hung within six the entire second half and found themselves within striking distance with a minute left.
After Nyssa's Karina Contreras split a pair of free throws with eight seconds left, Kali Vickery got the inbound pass and went coast-to-coast for a potential game-tying layup. When she went up, Nyssa's interior defense bodied her physically enough that she wasn't able to draw rim. The refs called it a clean block and Glide retained possession with a shade over one second to go.
Glide found Heather Graham in the corner and the senior cocked back for a 3-pointer before she was blocked hard as time expired.
"I never want to be a referee," Brannon Smith said. "I was just proud we were down six or eight and we battled back to the spot where we needed to be."
Nyssa was nursing the lead all night long.
A 7-2 run in the meat of the second quarter capped by a Katlyn Hashagen turnaround jumper with 2:36 left gave the Bulldogs a 13-10 lead they'd never relinquish.
Glide shot just 3-for-18 (or 16.7 percent) from the field in the first half, but trailed by only one because of perfect 6-for-6 shooting from the line. Nyssa floundered, starting 1-for-10 from the line and finishing 8-for-25.
"I don't know that it was our prettiest game, but I think Glide has a lot to do with that with how they defended us tonight," Nyssa head coach Jeremy Chamberlain said. "Glide's a good team. We knew they were good, they were physical with us, they attacked the rim well and shot free throws wonderful and they gave us all they could handle."
The bright spot for the Bulldogs was the play of Hashagen.
The senior center finished with a game-high 13 points, five rebounds and four blocks and said she settled down in the second half and could feel the nerves disappear as the game went on.
"I just tried harder to relax more than anything," she said. "I know I play better when I'm relaxed and it helps the team when I'm relaxed."
Glide's Kali Vickery led the Wildcats with nine points while Amanda Hatley added eight points and six boards.
With the loss, Glide will be relegated to the consolation bracket and face Creswell at Marshfield today at 10:45 a.m.
Nyssa will face Valley Catholic today in the semifinal at 6:30 in Pirate Palace.
Considering how Thursday's game ended, the Bulldogs are just happy to be moving on to the next round.
"There's a reason the games are ugly and close here; it's cause all the teams are good," Chamberlain said. "At the end of the day, you survive and you advance. You take one however you can get it."