BICKELTON - The Bickleton Lady Pirates varsity earned a win last night, utilizing a strong defensive strategy against the Riverview Panthers JV team.
Bickleton didn't allow more than 10 points in any one quarter by the 1A division school from Kennewick.
The Lady Pirates maintained full court pressure early on, outscoring Riverview 14-6 in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, according to Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore, Riverview added a full court pressure defense of its own. The strategy brought the Panthers within seven points of the Lady Pirates at the half.
"We didn't make great decisions for a little while," said Whitmore, adding that once the Bickleton team started to get the ball across the mid-court stripe, Riverview was forced to pull off the pressure.
Katelynn Clinton lit up the scoreboard for Bickleton, popping in a game high 31 points. Seven of her points came from the free throw line. She also had 14 boards, with teammate Johanna Jensen bringing down 10 rebounds.
Jensen also chipped in six points, with two of those being free throws.
"This was a good game for us," Whitmore commented, saying the Panthers challenged Bickleton with speed and defensive intensity.
The Lady Pirates (0-0, 4-1) play again at home this coming Thursday against Sunnyside High School's 'C' team.
Riverview 6 10 8 9 -33
Bickleton 14 9 11 9 -43
FT-Riverview 11/22, Bickleton 11/32. Rbds.- Bickleton 39 (K. Clinton 14, J. Jensen 10, A. Molina 4, J. Jarvis 4, S. Kibby 3, H. Goodnight 2, T. McBride 2).
Riverview: T. Steagall 16, S. Vanourek 8, A. Crowder 4, T. Andrews 2, S. Peddie 2, W. Dixon-Grier 1.
Bickleton: K. Clinton 31, J. Jensen 6, P. Pearson 3, S. Kibby 2, N. Kibby 1.