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Court injuries result in shaky future for Bickleton Lady Pirate basketball

KLICKITAT - Injuries on the court at yesterday's jamboree hosted by Klickitat may hamper the Bickleton Lady Pirates basketball team when the squad begins its regular season schedule.

With nearly six minutes left in the first game against Klickitat, Bickleton's Amanda McBride took a fall that left the Lady Pirates with five players in all.

The Lady Pirates tried to stay afloat, but ended up falling by an 18-7 score in the mini-game. Aymie Osborne led Bickleton's scorers with 4 points. Bickleton's Jamie Venema scored a three-point shot.

Klickitat's leading scorer was KeAndra Kessinger, who had 10 points.

"All in all we got some decent shots but we couldn't put it in the basket, and missed some defensive rebounds resulting in some second shots for Klickitat," Coach Emily Barnhart said.

Osborne ended the first game with five rebounds and two steals. Venema added four rebounds.

The short-handed Lady Pirates attempted in vain to keep pace with Goldendale in the second game at the jamboree, but were upended 21-2.

Again, with only six minutes left in the game Bickleton lost another player. Osborne sustained a knee injury, taking her out for the remainder of the game.

Haley Goodnight scored Bickleton's only two points and provided five rebounds. Goldendale's leading scorer was Lexi Cameron with 8 points.

"We finished the last six minutes with four players," the coach added. "All things considered, I was very proud of the way the girls stuck out that last game with only four players."

Bickleton hopes to avoid further injuries and to have their two injured players back on the court soon.

The Lady Pirates are set to travel to Zillah next Tuesday, Dec. 6.

"(But the game) against Zillah will most likely be canceled as we would only have four players at that time," Barnhart added.

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