BICKLETON - One week after the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights lost their second game of the season, they came out on fire and destroyed the Bickleton Lady Pirates, 67-6 during last Friday night's basketball game.
All 10 girls from the Lady Knights played.
"I like to be aggressive," SCHS Coach Al Smeenk said. "We pressed for about the first two minutes and then switched to a man-to-man defense."
It worked to perfection as the Lady Knights held a 36-4 halftime lead and turned that into a 49-4 lead after three quarters.
"I felt like we played a pretty good game," Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore said. "We were just outmatched."
The Lady Pirates had not played a game in 20 days and Whitmore admitted there hadn't been too many practices over Christmas Break. "You could tell with our conditioning," Whitmore said.
Morgan McBride was also out for the Lady Pirates. "That hurt us," Whitmore added.
Trying to find some positives in a game filled with negatives, Whitmore noted his girls came up with some great rebounds.
"We did the best we could," Whitmore said. "I think we learned from it. They're a very good team. They played good, hard basketball and I respect them for it."
The respect was mutual.
"Tom's a great guy," Smeenk said. "We know when we play them they're going to play hard. I've got a lot of respect for Tom and what he does."
SCHS's Brittany den Hoed led all scorers with 14 points. Melanie Van Wingerden had 12 points and 8 rebounds and Emily Hernandez added 10 points for the Lady Knights.
On Saturday, Bickleton traveled to the Tri-Cities to take on Tri-City Prep. The Lady Pirates played better on this night but still was beat, 48-20.
"We were a little bit tired after Friday's game but we played a good game," Whitmore said. "The only thing I was disappointed in was our defensive rebounding."
Bickleton struggled from the free throw line, hitting only 4-for-16 while Tri-City Prep was 9-for-10.
"Tri-City Prep shot their free throws very well," Whitmore said.
Corryn Raschko led the Lady Pirates with 13 points. Kirstin Slater added 5 points and Chelsey Mercer completed Bickleton's scoring by putting in 2 points.
Bickleton (0-2, 1-7) will play Prosser's 'C' squad tonight in Prosser. This Thursday night, Bickleton will play the remaining 28 seconds from their game with Lyle. On Dec. 16 the lights went out in Bickleton's gym with 28 seconds remaining in the game and never came back on.
The Sunnyside Christian girls also played a game on Saturday. This time taking on Yakama Tribal in a home game, the Lady Knights won this game, 77-23.
SCHS again played stellar on defense, committing only four fouls all night.
"We stayed out of foul trouble and I'm happy about that," Coach Smeenk said. "We've been struggling with foul trouble."
Smeenk noted this was the first game of the season where one of his girls did not foul out of the game.
The Knights were all over the boards in this one, out rebounding the Eagles 59-15. The Knights pulled down 38 offensive rebounds out of the 59.
Free throws were a different story. While the Eagles shot a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line, the Lady Knights managed only 18-for-37. Just under 50 percent.
"Free throws will be one of our top priorities over the next couple of weeks," Smeenk promised.
Emma Newhouse led the Lady Knights with 20 points and 12 rebounds. "She played extremely well," Smeenk said.
Hernandez had 11 points for SCHS and Tori Van Wingerden added 10 points.
The Lady Knights (4-0, 8-2) will play rival Mabton next Friday in Mabton.
"Mabton coming up is going to be a tough one," Smeenk said. A game like this will bring the best out of both, Mabton and us. It's going to be fun. We will work hard and we will give everything we got."