BICKLETON - An aggressive man-to-man-defense is credited with aiding the Bickleton High School girls basketball team to a 53-41 non-league victory over Columbia Burbank Tuesday night.
Bickleton's Annie Hess, who last Friday night bagged her 1,000th career point, was on fire last night, banking in 34 points for the Lady Pirates.
"She was pretty hot in the first half, scoring 11 of 15 field goals for a total of 25 points," said Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore.
The Lady Pirates were "plain and simple moving the ball" against the Columbia Burbank team, he said.
Hess not only led her team in scoring. The 6'-0" junior claimed 17 rebounds on the night. Right behind her was Erica Jensen with 10 rebounds and Senia Macias with four. Ashley Whitmore came through with four assists while Jensen handled three assists. Jasmine Mount and Hess both grabbed three steals apiece.
Whitmore said starters Hess, Jensen, Whitmore, Macias and Betty Maeder set and maintained a great pace throughout the game.
"I was able to do a lot of subbing from the bench and we never missed a beat," Whitmore said.
"The girls on the bench went in and did a great a job of keeping the pressure up on defense," he said.
Whitmore said the Lady Pirates are now set to go against league opponents Lyle and Trout Lake this Friday and Saturday, respectively.
"It was a great practice game to get us ready for this weekend's action," he said.
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