GOLDENDALE - For the first time in 24 years, Bickleton's Lady Pirates are headed to the District championship game, slated for this Friday following a 42-39 win over Klickitat last night, Tuesday.
"It was the kind of game that gives coaches grey hair or leaves them with no hair," said Bickleton Coach Ric Palmer of last night's victory.
The Lady Pirates went into the game with a mission: to shut down Klickitat's Samantha Brewer, who normally scores in the double digits. They succeeded and Brewer didn't score a single point for the Vandals. Klickitat's outside shooter, Charice McConville, scored 14 points for the Vandals, and only six of those points came from beyond the arc.
Bickleton gained an early six-point lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Pirates found themselves down by four going into the half. After a passionate talking-to from Palmer, the Lady Pirates ended the third quarter leading by one point. The Pirates sealed the win in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 points to Klickitat's 10.
Bickleton's Starr Kibby and Katelynn Clinton each scored 14 points for the night. Aymie Osborne and Dani Raschko scored four points apiece and Morgan McBride, Nakai Kibby and Alejandra Molena each scored two points.
Bickleton (13-8) will square off against Sunnyside Christian for the District title this coming Friday at 6 p.m. in Goldendale. In 1985, the Lady Pirates lost the title game to Sunnyside Christian.