BICKLETON - In a tightly contested game on their own turf, the Bickleton High School girls basketball team gave Lyle an exciting game this past Friday night before slipping ahead to win 53-50.
In a game that pitted Lady Pirate Annie Hess' shooting skills again Lyle's top shooter, Tara Rappe, the Bickleton girls only allowed the Cougars a two-point lead at halftime before coming back to outscore Lyle 17-13 in the third quarter to reclaim the lead, 39-37.
"It was an exciting game," said Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore.
"We allowed Rappe to score 16 points in the first half, but were able to hold her to only two field goals in the second half," Whitmore said.
Hess was Bickleton's scoring leader with 25 points, while Rappe claimed that honor for the Cougars with a like number of points.
But it was free throws that were the real key to Bickleton's victory, said Whitmore. The Lady Pirates shot 19 of 31 from the free throw line against Lyle.
"This is well over our season average," he said.
Whitmore said Corryn Raschko and Ilsa Chapple went a combined six for six from the line. Kirstin Slater made 8 of 14 tries at the free throw line, making two in a row late in the fourth quarter to give the Lady Pirates a 52-50 advantage. Slater's last second interception of an inbound pass ended Lyle's hopes of tying the game.
Hess not only led her team in points, but grabbed 15 rebounds, while Slater claimed eight and Chapple brought down four more to slow the Cougars down.
The Lady Pirates (4-4, 7-6) will face West Valley's freshmen Tuesday night at West Valley in an add-on game before facing Mabton at Bickleton on Friday.