BICKLETON - It was the final game of the regular season for the Lady Pirates and the team wanted to finish strong last night.
Mission accomplished, Bickleton defeated Lyle-Wishram 70-37.
The Lady Pirates opened the action with a 21-16 lead, but in the second quarter held the Cougars to just six points. Bickleton scored 19 points and went into the half up 40-25.
There was no looking back for the home team. Bickleton in the third quarter scored 13 points and picked up another 17 points in the final stanza. Lyle-Wishram scored eight and seven points, respectively.
"The (Bickleton) girls finished the regular season with a strong win...the Lyle girls came out strong, throwing up a lot of shots and hitting a very high percentage from the field in the first quarter," said Lady Pirates Coach Emily Barnhart.
She said the Cougars effort was not enough to stop the Bickleton offense in the first quarter and her team's defense picked up the pace for the remainder of the game.
Katelynn Clinton of Bickleton scored her 2,000th point in her career last night. She tossed in 39 points against the Cougars and had 20 boards.
Teammate Jamie Venema had 14 boards and nine points, while Jenna Mount chucked in another 11 points.
Lyle-Wishram's leading scorer was Chantelle Freemantle with nine points. Three of her teammates scored eight points apiece.
The Lady Pirates (6-4, 12-6), said Barnhart, will be busy this week preparing for the opening round of District play this Friday in White Salmon. There, Bickleton will face off with Trout Lake-Glenwood.