The Bickleton girls basketball team had something to cheer about this past weekend as they rolled over the Klickitat Vandals 70-58 Friday and plundered Yakama Tribal 52-41 Saturday.
The Vandals, said Bickleton Coach Emily Barnhart, are one of the tougher teams her club has played throughout the season. "We had the same record as they did leading into Friday's game," she stated.
Pulling off the win, she believes, advances the Lady Pirates to second place in the Greater Columbia 1B league.
Against Klickitat, Bickleton put on the press.
"There was a lot of outside shooting and we had three of our players in double digits," said Barnhart of her team's offensive efforts.
Those Lady Pirates included Aymie Osborne with 14 points, Morgan McBride scored 13 points and Katelynn Clinton led the scoreboard with 29 points. Clinton also snatched the ball from the glass 26 times.
"That's her highest ever," said Barnhart.
She felt it was a good night for her players, who shot 59 percent from the line and 23-for-50 from the field.
"The first and third quarters had slow starts, but we made up for them in the second and fourth quarters," noted Barnhart.
Her team lost Star Kibby to a concussion in the fourth quarter, however, and had to rally against their emotions.
Before Kibby's injury, she scored eight points.
Also, Clinton, Osborne and Kibby each had five steals in the game.
The Lady Pirates committed 20 turnovers.
Saturday, the Lady Pirates traveled to Toppenish and defeated Yakama Tribal 52-41.
"It was a totally different game than against Klickitat...I never worried about whether or not we would lose," said Barnhart.
The Lady Pirates were 15-for-46 from the field and shot 22-for-46 from the line.
"We came up short on everything," Barnhart lamented, stating the defensive strategy was to play a condensed zone against the Eagles.
Katelynn Clinton led the scoring with 26 points and 16 boards. Also scoring double digits Saturday were Morgan McBride and Aymie Osborne with 10 points apiece.
Osborne also stole the ball from the Eagles offense six times.
Barnhart said it was what she believed to be the worst game of the season for turnovers after her team committed 41.
"The Yakama Tribal game was awkward," she noted, stating the loss of Star Kibby was deeply felt.
"She motivates the players," the coach explained.
Bickleton (4-4, 14-4) next plays at Districts this coming Friday at Sunnyside High School.