TROUT LAKE - After three weeks of inactivity, the Bickleton High School girls basketball team may have been a little rusty, but it never showed up on the scoreboard.
The Lady Pirates beat Trout Lake, 40-24, this past Saturday night.
"It felt good to be back playing basketball again," said Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore. "We were a little rusty, but all the girls put in a great effort," he said.
Junior Annie Hess, who spent a lot of time at the free throw line, made 9-of-13 shots while claiming 14 rebounds on the night.
Senior Jennifer Clingan also had a good game. Whitmore said she spent a great deal of her time creating pressure on defense and took her own turn at the free throw line, where she was 2-for-2.
Sophomore Kirstin Slater picked up the slack for the Lady Pirates, adding 9 points while senior Ashley Whitmore scored 4 points, dished four assists and claimed four steals.
The Lady Pirates kept up the heat with senior Erica Jensen nabbing eight rebounds, totaling three assists and claiming four steals. Corryn Raschko picked up three steals even though the sophomore was playing on an injured knee.
Senior Betty Maeder came off the bench and provided her team with some great defense, Whitmore said. "Our entire bench came in and put forth great effort," he added.
"Everyone was anxious to play and that gives us a lot of energy," he said.
The Lady Pirates sealed their league victory with 26 steals, nine assists and 19 turnovers.
"It was a good game to come back from break on," Whitmore said, noting the team will travel to Toppenish to play Yakama Tribal on Tuesday.
The team has a weekend of basketball this week, facing Yakima's LaSalle High School on Friday while the Lady Pirates junior varsity team will go against the Sunnyside High School "C" Squad on Saturday.
Last week's canceled game against Lyle High School has been rescheduled for Jan. 20, Whitmore said.