BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School girls basketball team last night hosted the Lyle Cougars, posting a 40-34 victory over the visitors.
The Lady Pirates improved their league record to 2-3, 7-4 overall with the win.
According to Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore, "This was a tough game for us, but a good one."
He said Bickleton held its composure, chipping away at the Cougars. Lyle outscored Bickleton 10-8 in the first quarter, however the Lady Pirates were not to be outmatched.
They fought to earn the lead by the half, going into intermission up 19-18.
Whitmore noted that his team didn't shoot as well in the first half of the game, but the Lady Pirates played full court defense throughout the game. He said patience and diligence while on offense paid off for the Lady Pirates. "We were able to make some great passes," he said, stating the result was a total of 12 assists generated by six different players.
"Katelynn (Clinton) led our scorers with 12 points," said Whitmore, He added that Clinton's success in the season has led to opponents double-teaming or "running a box and one" on her, making her earn her points. "That is a lot of pressure for a freshman, but she continues to work hard and it really pays off for us," Whitmore continued.
Clinton also led the Lady Pirates on the boards, garnering six rebounds. Teammate Phylicia Pearson snatched five rebounds in the game.
Bickleton stole the ball from the Cougars a total of 21 times, with Clinton and Star Kibby leading the team at six steals apiece.
"This was a really great win for us because we are beginning to look at postseason play," stated Whitmore.
Bickleton returns to the hardwood hosting the Mabton 'C' team tomorrow (Thursday) night.