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Lady Pirates split weekend games

BICKLETON - It was a case of "win one-lose one" this past weekend for the Bickleton High School girls basketball team.

The Lady Pirates faced Riverside Christian High School Friday night, losing 68-22. The team turned around on Saturday night and won against Yakama Tribal High School, 57-38.

"We had a great game Saturday night, said Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore. "We played man defense most of the time with a little zone to mix it up a little," he said of the league win. He said Yakima Tribal suffered some foul trouble late in the game.

They played tough, admitted Whitmore, but his Lady Pirates hung on to control the tempo of the game.

"We stayed with our offensive plan and kept up our defense throughout the game," he said.

Junior Annie Hess led the Lady Pirates with 34 points and 15 rebounds in the Saturday night home game. Erica Jensen grabbed 11 rebounds and handed off five assists. Senior Jennifer Clingan also helped in the rebound department, nabbing nine, while senior Ashley Whitmore collected five rebounds from the Yakama Eagles. Whitmore praised junior varsity players Lexi Arlt and Jeanette Jarvis, who came in to give some of the varsity starters an opportunity to rest.

"They picked up rebounds and a couple of points for the Lady Pirates," he said.

Friday night's game with Riverside Christian High School saw Whitmore's team struggling to keep up. While the girls played a great defense, fatigue plagued the Lady Pirates.

"But we started out playing well," said Whitmore.

But with Riverside outscoring his girls 12-6 in the first quarter, the team just couldn't get back on track.

The halftime score saw the Lady Pirates down 27-11.

Hess was Bickleton's high point maker Friday night with 10 points. The 6'0" center also recorded 10 blocked shots and 14 rebounds.

The Lady Pirates (4-5, 8-5) will be back in action Friday night when they face Klickitat. The Vandals won the first meeting of the season. This Tuesday night's game against Columbia Burbank has been moved to Tuesday, Feb. 3, Whitmore said.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

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

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