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Bickleton girls win one, lose one in weekend play

BICKLETON - A fast start helped the Bickleton High School girls basketball team claim a 59-42 victory over Trout Lake this past Saturday night.

Friday night's game with Lyle saw the Lady Pirates losing 46-23.

"We had an extremely slow start against Lyle," said Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore. But the use of a solid fastbreak on Saturday night helped the team overcome the Trout Lake team.

The Lady Pirates also worked on some new offensive plays Saturday night, Whitmore said.

"We threw in some out-of-bounds plays and gave everyone some playing time," he added.

The team outscored Trout Lake all four quarters, with Annie Hess and Kristen Slater making good decisions on the boards. Hess grabbed 15 rebounds while Slater nabbed 12 rebounds. Erica Jensen added five assists on the night. Ashley Whitmore and Slater both had three assists. Hess, who also came up with five steals, led her team in scoring with 21 points. Slater contributed 10 points with Jensen adding 9.

Friday night's Lyle game was an entirely different ball game, said Whitmore

"We just couldn't get our spark going," said Whitmore.

The Lady Pirates turned in good second and third quarters, but Lyle's 16-0 first quarter breakout score and a 14-5 final quarter were too much to overcome for the Lady Pirates.

Hess recorded 18 rebounds, as well as four assists, with Slater pulling down an additional eight rebounds.

The Lady Pirates will face Glenwood tonight (Tuesday) in the team's final league game of the regular season.

Whitmore said the Bickleton team will advance to District next Tuesday.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

(509) 837-4500, or you can e-mail her at jhart@eaglenewspapers.com

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