Lady Pirates fall short in final game

TROUT LAKE - Hoping to end its less than illustrative 2005-06 basketball season on a positive note, the Bickleton girls lost a close one to Trout Lake/Glenwood, 24-18, last Friday.

"Both teams missed some shots they could have made," Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore said.

The first half was uneventful as both teams played decent defense but neither could put many points on the board. After the first quarter, Trout Lake/Glenwood held a 7-5 advantage.

In the second quarter both teams continued to struggle on offense with Bickleton managing to score 2 points and Trout Lake/Glenwood scoring 1 point. At halftime Bickleton was still slightly behind, 8-7.

In the third quarter, the Lady Pirates put some pressure on Trout Lake/Glenwood's offense and forced some turnovers. Still, they had a hard time hitting the baskets. "That makes a difference in a low scoring game," Whitmore said.

At the end of three, Bickleton finally took the lead, 14-12.

It was in the fourth quarter when Bickleton lost the game. They couldn't hit a field goal and only managed 4 points from the free throw line. Bickleton hit only 5 field goals the whole night.

"We lost Kirsten Slater in the fourth quarter due to fouls and that hurt us," Whitmore said. "They made most of their baskets in the fourth quarter after she fouled out."

Bickleton couldn't stop Trout Lake/Glenwood from going into the middle after Slater left. Bickleton was outscored 12-4 in the final quarter.

Corryn Raschko led the Pirates with 9 points. Johanna Jensen followed that with 4 points. "That was big for us," Whitmore said. "She doesn't score that much and she was able to get a couple of baskets off some fast breaks."

Tricia McBride and Slater each added 2 points apiece and Yesenia Macias finished the night with one point.

For Macias, Raschko and Slater, this was their last game in a Pirates uniform.

"I knew our season would depend on them and they came through for us," Whitmore added. "They're good role models for the rest of the team and that's important when you have a young team. It's going to pay off big for us. It will have a lasting effect."

Bickleton finished its season with a 2-18 record overall and was 1-10 in league play.



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