For a quarter, anyway, Bickleton's boys basketball team looked like it might have a shot at knocking off defending state B champ Sunnyside Christian.
But it was only a quarter as the Pirates went down to a 76-38 defeat at Sunnyside Christian on Friday night.
"We started off really well, we did a tremendous job defensively," Pirate Coach Ben McBride said of his team which trailed just 15-13 after one quarter. "That was the best defense we've played all year."
The Knights clamped down with some defense of their own, holding Bickleton to just two points in the second stanza on the way to a 28-15 halftime lead.
"Even though we only scored two points in the second quarter we still felt good about our chances at halftime," Parrish said.
But those chances dimmed considerably when the Knights' Chad den Boer drained 17 of his 23 points in the third quarter.
That sparked Sunnyside Christian to a 32-12 run and the rout was on.
"It all fell apart for us in the third," McBride recalled. "They (SCHS) just seemed to make adjustments and den Boer posted up really well."
Bickleton trailed 60-27 after the pivotal third quarter as the Knights put the game out of reach.
Cody Loomis scored 16 points and recorded four rebounds to lead the Pirates (0-2, 2-5). Tyler Jensen added nine while Chris McBride and Alex Whitmore provided a defensive spark.
"Even though we lost by 38 points I was really pleased with the way we came out of Christmas break in that first quarter," McBride said. "I'd just like to see us get more consistent."
Bickleton will have an opportunity to do just that tonight in a non-league contest at Prosser against the Mustangs' C squad.
With back-to-back league games looming against Lyle this Thursday and Klickitat on Friday, McBride said he is hoping the young Prosser squad can provide a tune-up.
"I'm really looking for these guys to get focused offensively and play solid defense," he said of the Pirates. "This will hopefully get us warmed up to play some really important league games."