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Lady Pirates pummeled

YAKIMA - Tuesday night, Bickleton suffered a tough loss to the Riverside Christian High School Crusaders.

The Lady Pirates lost 25-7, 25-11, 25-18 to Riverside.

"Riverside has a very good team, although they were missing one of their starters," Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore said.

He said the Bickleton team had a good couple of first plays, but went cold.

"We just couldn't seem to get anything going," Whitmore stated.

He said the highlight of Bickleton's night was in serving the ball. "We didn't miss much until late in the match and then only missed a few," he commented.

The passing game suffered for the Lady Pirates, removing all chances of offense. "When you're playing a good team you get in trouble real quick, if you put yourself on defense all the time," related Whitmore.

Game three was the tightest of the three-game match. Whitmore said Bickleton played ahead (14-11) of the Crusaders, but allowed Riverside to catch up.

"They went ahead 17-15 and then we tied it up," said Whitmore.

Following that tie, the Crusaders marched ahead in scoring, finishing the game with seven straight points.

"This game (game three) was our best play of the night, but we still didn't get fired up like we need to in order to win games," stated Whitmore.

He said Katelynn Clinton and Ilsa Chapple each had four kills in the match-up. Clinton added two blocks to the team's statistics.

Bickleton is 0-8 in league play standings and 4-9 overall.

The Lady Pirates finish the regular season against Trout Lake/Glenwood this coming Friday at home.

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