GOLDENDALE - Playing a non-league game against Goldendale's C squad, the Lady Pirates varsity came up short, losing 30-27.
The Lady Pirates started out well, using a full court press to confuse Goldendale and force some turnovers. Bickleton had a 6-4 lead after one quarter.
"Our full court press worked pretty well," Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore said.
In the second quarter Goldendale started to figure out Bickleton's press and started to get through.
Whitmore said Goldendale was able to score some baskets after that. Goldendale out scored the Pirates 12-7 in the second quarter to take a 16-13 lead at halftime.
"We went over some things we could improve on during halftime and I told them to keep working hard and pressing and see what happens," Whitmore said.
In the third quarter the Lady Pirates had some opportunities but let them slip away. They managed to hit two free throws for their only points of the quarter. Goldendale turned a 3-oint halftime lead into 11 points at the end of the third.
"We just couldn't get the baskets to go," Whitmore explained.
In the fourth quarter the Lady Pirates got their press working again and managed to get their game going. What doomed them in this game is what has been a sore point all season long. Free throws.
Bickleton shot 6-for-18 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Considering they only lost by 3-points, the missed free throws were huge. They shot only 11-for-31 during the game.
"We didn't shoot well from the line," Whitmore admitted.
Kirsten Slater scored 10 points for Bickleton. Corryn Raschko and Yesenia Macias added 4 points each and Morgan McBride and Chelsey Mercer contributed 3 points apiece.
"We're getting geared up for the weekend," Whitmore said. "This was a good practice game for us."
Bickleton (1-5, 2-12) visits Lyle Friday, Jan. 27, in a crucial league game for the Pirates.