LASALLE - Bickleton's Katelynn Clinton scored a career-high 36 points against LaSalle's JV team last night, leading the Lady Pirates varsity to a 65-49 victory.
"She's a pretty amazing basketball player," Bickleton Coach Emily Barnhart said of the junior. "A lot of her points are self-generated. Rarely does she not get the ball in the basket. She's a very hard player to defend."
LaSalle tried to hold Clinton back, by pairing her against 5'10" player Danielle Kaschmitter, but failed.
"She gave her a little bit of trouble, but I just don't see anybody stopping her."
According to Bickleton's Ric Palmer, Clinton's previous career-high was 35 points. "She has scored 35 points twice," he said.
Barnhart said she appreciated the competitiveness of the game against LaSalle. "They're a very well rounded team," she said, noting the LaSalle players caught on quickly to Bickleton's offense. "We were up 12 points in the first quarter. At the very last little bit of it, they started getting fast breaks on us." The Lady Pirates scored 15 points in the first quarter, while LaSalle scored 14.
In the second quarter, Barnhart said, "We were stopping that."
The Lady Pirates held LaSalle to just eight points in the second quarter while scoring 21 points. LaSalle rallied in the third quarter, scoring 17 points while holding Bickleton to 13. In the fourth quarter, Bickleton sealed the deal, scoring 16 points to the Lightning's 10.
In addition to notching a career-high night, Clinton had 22 rebounds and six steals.
Sisters Star and Nakai Kibby scored nine and eight points for Bickleton last night, respectively. Teammate Morgan McBride contributed six rebounds.
Bickleton (6-0) next plays against Sunnyside Christian this coming Friday, and on Saturday plays against Trout Lake-Glenwood. This coming weekend's games are the league openers for the Lady Pirates.