BICKLETON - Katelynn Clinton lit up the scoreboard with 25 points last night in leading the Bickleton Lady Pirates to a 53-50 non-league win over Mabton's 'C' squad.
She also snatched 14 boards and provided three assists. Clinton also earned six steals and had three blocked shots.
Lady Pirates Coach Tom Whitmore said his varsity squad began with a pressing defense against the Lady Vikings, and "(We) were very successful."
He said, however, he was disappointed in how well the Lady Pirates shot the ball, missing several "good shots."
Bickleton led the game 29-15 at the half and continued its efforts, earning a 19-point lead at one point in the third quarter.
Leading the Lady Pirates in steals was Star Kibby, who removed the ball from the hands of Mabton six times.
"But, Mabton shot pretty well and they made a good comeback," Whitmore stated.
He said Lady Viking Trishi Williams, normally a varsity player, scored all 12 of her points in the second half of the game and rebounded well.
With 30 seconds left and the score tied at 50, Bickleton took possession of the ball. Johanna Jensen took advantage of the possession, attempted a shot and missed.
However, Clinton rebounded the shot. "(She) put the ball back up, it rolled on the rim and went in," said Whitmore.
Bickleton then forced a turnover on Mabton's side of the court, according to Whitmore, and Jensen was fouled. The first of her two free-throws was a successful basket, with seven seconds left in the game.
Whitmore said Williams attempted a three-point basket under pressure, but fell short, securing the win for the Lady Pirates.
"The front line on the press for our team is really beginning to play together," Whitmore said of the team's success, stating he was impressed with the overall team effort shown against Mabton last night.
The Lady Pirates (2-3, 8-4) hit the hardwood again tomorrow night (Saturday), hosting Yakama Tribal.