WHITE SALMON - The Bickleton Lady Pirates this past weekend went into the District playoffs as the No. 3 seed from the Greater Columbia 1B league and were looking to win their first two games.
The Lady Pirates were successful in securing a 60-50 win over Trout Lake-Glenwood, but fell 65-27 to the Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights.
Last Friday's game against the Mustangs was a hard fought battle between the two teams. Bickleton was only able to outscore the league's No. 2 seeded team by one point in the opening quarter (16-15).
The Lady Pirates, undaunted, pressured Trout Lake-Glenwood in the second quarter and kept the Mustangs in single digits. Bickleton opened up the offense and scored 18 points in that quarter to lead at the half by 10 points (34-24).
The third quarter was another dual on the court and the Mustangs tried to dig out from under the Lady Pirates, outscoring Bickleton 15-13.
Two points wasn't enough, though. The Lady Pirates rallied to take back the lead and outscored the Mustangs 13-11 in the final stanza to end the game with a 60-50 victory.
Lady Pirate Katelynn Clinton scored 23 points and grabbed 12 loose balls from the glass.
Teammate Jenna Mount ended the game with 10 boards, six assists and nine points.
Bickleton's Jamie Venema tossed in 10 points.
"The girls played a great offensive game...they came out early and got ahead and held on to the lead for the rest of the game," said Bickleton Coach Emily Barnhart.
She said there was a moment of panic in the final quarter, "but the girls took a deep breath, slowed the game down and finished on top."
The win advanced the Lady Pirates to the next round of District play but Bickleton came up short Saturday against Sunnyside Christian.
Clinton was held to six points. Venema, Mount and Aymie Osborne each scored four points against the Lady Knights.
"This was a really difficult loss for my girls," said Barnhart.
Her team was held to nine points in the opening quarter and couldn't score more than two points in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, the Lady Knights were able to toss in a total of 39 points in the first half, leading the way to a 65-27 victory.
"I think they (Bickleton) just put everything they had out on the court the night before," said Barnhart, stating her team had several turnovers and wasn't able to capitalize on offensive plays.
With that loss the Lady Pirates' overall record dropped to 13-7 and Bickleton will tomorrow (Tuesday) travel to Goldendale for a loser-out District tourney game against Trout Lake-Glenwood.