Bickleton's Star Kibby led the Lady Pirates to a 51-33 victory over Trout Lake/Glenwood this past Saturday night with a career high 30 points.
"She hit three three-pointers and had eight steals," said Bickleton Coach Emily Barnhart. "I think almost every single one resulted in a lay-in."
Underestimating the junior, Trout Lake attempted to hold Bickleton's Katelynn Clinton at bay in the center.
"They really work on keeping Katelynn in the center, but that opens up the outside and my girls can shoot from the outside," Barnhart said.
Shaky in the first quarter, Bickleton was outscored 14-12. The second quarter was a different story when the Lady Pirates held the Mustangs to just nine points and scored 23.
"The second quarter, we really ran away with it," Barnhart said. "We started putting tight pressure on them and they just didn't handle it well."
It was Barnhart's first game against Trout Lake and she admits she had to assess the situation before advising the Pirates on strategy. It didn't take long to direct Bickleton to a full court press, which resulted in a very frustrated Trout Lake. "They started throwing the ball away," she said.
Barnhart hopes the victory will inspire her charges.
"I think people dismiss Bickleton a lot," she said. "I knew we were going to be very competitive this year. I think people will start taking us more seriously now."
The Lady Pirates notched a 57-50 victory over Yakama Tribal Friday night, too.
Barnhart said she was surprised at the Eagles' lackluster approach.
"They weren't very aggressive at all," she said.
Barnhart soon realized she could rotate in the younger players, which resulted in even scoring across the board.
Freshmen Jamie Venema, Haley Goodnight and Amanda McBride scored five, six and four points, respectively. Kibby and Aymie Osborne had 10 points apiece, while Clinton tallied the team-high score of 29 points paired with 11 rebounds. Morgan McBride scored three points for Bickleton and Nakai Kibby contributed two points.