Bickleton's Starr Kibby and Catelyn Clinton proved to be an unstoppable duo this past Friday night in a 46-42 win over Klickitat.
Clinton controlled the boards with 23 rebounds, while Kibby tallied up a career-high 26 points.
"The game was pretty close all the way," said Bickleton Assistant Coach Kim Clinton. "We're pretty much evenly matched."
The Lady Pirates went into the game with a mission: to keep Klickitat's Samantha Brewer at bay. "She's their go-to-girl," said Clinton. "We just (tried to keep) her off the board and that's a huge part of her game." The Lady Pirates held Brewer to 16 points for the night.
Going into the second half, Bickleton was up by just four points. Thanks to three critical three-point shots in the third quarter from Klickitat's Kali Fargher, the Vandals managed to stay in the game. Bickleton clinched the win in the fourth quarter.
The win over the Vandals was Bickleton's first in league play this season.
Saturday night's non-league game at Lyle proved to be a tense and hard-fought one, right down to the wire. The Cougars prevailed, though, by a 39-38 score.
Lyle developed a 12-4 first quarter lead, but Bickleton fought back, down by just three points going into the half. In the third quarter, Bickleton tied it up 29-29.
Kibby and Clinton fouled out early in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Pirates clung to the idea of victory up until the bitter end.
With 22 seconds left on the clock, Bickleton had a one-point lead. That lead soon slipped, though. "We had three crucial calls go against us," Clinton said.
Two fouls were called on Bickleton, and Lyle was two-for-four from the free throw line in the remaining seconds of the game.