TOPPENISH - With only 30 seconds left on the clock, the Bickleton Lady Pirates failed twice at getting the ball to drop through the hoop, costing them the game to Yakama Tribal, 45-44.
"Had we made one more basket, things would've changed," said Coach Tom Whitmore.
Whitmore said the Lady Pirates tried full court pressure against the Eagles early in the game, but to no avail. "(The Eagles) were converting some fastbreaks," said Whitmore. "We were better off just to create solid half-court defense."
The Lady Pirates were down by four at the half, but managed to tie it up in the third quarter. "From that point on, the ball just went back and forth."
Katelynn Clinton powered the Pirates scoring with a game high 35 points. "She also shot 11-for- 14 from the free throw line," Whitmore added. Clinton's double-double included 18 rebounds.
Chelsey Mercer added an eight-rebound, four-point effort for Bickleton, and Jeannette Jarvis garnered four boards and Phylicia Pearson rounded out the night with five assists.
Whitmore realizes the upcoming game against Sunnyside Christian this Tuesday will be a challenge. "They know how to post-up and they know how to make a move. They're a very patient, well rounded team."
The Lady Pirates are now 2-6 in league play and 4-7 for the season.
Bickleton 8 15 14 7 44
Yakama Tribal 10 17 10 8 45
Bickleton scorers: Katelynn Clinton 35, Phylicia Pearson 5, Chelsey Mercer 4.