TOPPENISH - The Bickleton High School girls basketball team went to Toppenish Tuesday night to take on the Yakama Tribal High School girls team and came away with a 49-38 victory.
But it was tough game, according to Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore.
The Yakama Tribal girls played a little slow in the first quarter, Whitmore said, but the Lady Eagles picked up the pace, challenging the Bickleton team throughout the rest of the game.
Whitmore's girls played a fierce man-to-man defense throughout the entire game to meet the challenge.
"Everyone did a super job of covering their man," said Whitmore.
Ashley Whitmore and Erica Jensen took turns running the offense, maintaining their composure and making, what Whitmore called, good decisions in ball placement.
Annie Hess, the team's leading scorer for the night, had to deal with being repeatedly triple teamed, but was still able to score 26 points.
Hess also picked up a record 26 rebounds on the way to her team's victory. Jensen followed in the point column with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the night.
Hess and Kirstin Slater worked the inside to square off their shots to make good use of any openings, Whitmore said.
Ashley Whitmore claimed eight rebounds and added 4 points to the final score while handing in four assists.
Whitmore said Jennifer Cling, Betty Meader, Corryn Raschko and Slater combined for 11 team rebounds.
"The key to winning this game for us was the great defensive performance by the girls," Whitmore said. "Patience and good decision making paid off."
Whitmore's junior varsity team also played the Yakama Tribal team Tuesday night and claimed a 35-4 win.
Friday night the Bickleton Lady Pirates (3-2, 6-2) will travel to Yakima to face LaSalle.
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