LYLE - Trying for its second league victory of the season, Bickleton went into Lyle last Friday night with high expectations, only to fall 43-23 to the Cougars.
"Everyone was having trouble scoring," Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore said.
The Lady Pirates opened up a 6-1 lead in the first quarter but it could have been much more.
"We had so many balls not drop in the first quarter," Whitmore recalled. "It would have been nice to get some of those in so we could have got up on them a bit."
In the second quarter Lyle came back strong, out scoring Bickleton 13-6 to take a narrow 14-12 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter Bickleton once again couldn't score as they let Lyle build a lead on them. After three the Pirates were behind 23-15.
"Our kids were playing all right, our shots just weren't falling," Whitmore said.
In the fourth quarter Lyle poured it on, out scoring Bickleton 20-8 to secure the victory.
"We were going back and forth for a while," Whitmore said. "With about three minutes left we put in our subs and Lyle scored a bunch of points at the end."
Morgan McBride led the Pirates with 6 points while Kirsten Slater had 5 points.
"We got to get the ball in the hole," Whitmore said. "It's almost like something's on top of the basket."
On Saturday Bickleton hosted Yakama Tribal and fell again, 44-33.
The Lady Pirates were down 9-7 after one quarter.
"We had a lot of opportunities in the first quarter to score points but again the ball wasn't falling," Whitmore said. "Our girls are releasing the ball wrong."
Whitmore doesn't keep stats but said his girls stole the ball or forced Yakama Tribal to turn the ball over numerous times but his girls couldn't hit the shots.
Bickleton was out scored in the first three quarters but managed to only trail by 15 points to start the fourth quarter.
"We made some bad decisions in the game," Whitmore explained. "In the fourth quarter we missed 12 free throws."
Missed free throws really hurt the Pirates. They were 13-for-39 during the game.
Slater led the Lady Pirates with 15 points, followed by Yesenia Macias with 7 points. McBride added 6 points and Corryn Raschko had 3 points in the loss.
"We played pressure defense all night," Whitmore said. "We did everything right except make baskets."
The Lady Pirates (1-7, 2-14) host the Prosser "C" squad tonight at 6 p.m.