BICKLETON - The Bickleton girls varsity basketball team last night hosted the Kiona-Benton JV team and fell 66-48.
It was the Lady Pirates' firs loss of the season after opening with four consecutive victories.
The two teams kept the game tight in the first quarter, with the Bears taking a 9-8 lead.
In the second quarter, though, the margin was widened as Ki-Be outscored the Lady Pirates by three points for a 25-21 halftime lead.
"We stuck with them pretty well the first half and came out on fire to start the second half," said Bickelton Coach Emily Barnhart.
She said her team faltered, however, and Ki-Be scored 22 more points in the third quarter. Bickleton managed to add another 12 points to its score.
"(We) lost it mainly because of turnovers and missed free throws," commented Barnhart.
Lady Pirates Jamie Venema and Jenna Mount got into foul trouble and three of the team's starters were sitting on the bench throughout most of the third quarter.
"Our subs stepped up and stuck out the third quarter for us...I was very proud of them," Barnhart said.
Her starters took to the court again in the final quarter, but Ki-Be still outscored Bickleton 19-15.
"The girls stuck with it though, never giving up and brought us back to within about 10 points with approximately three minutes left in the game," Barnhart said of the final quarter.
Unfortunately, her team could not overcome the deficit and suffered an 18-point loss (66-48).
Lady Pirate Katelynn Clinton scored 25 points, and teammate Aymie Osborne tossed in another 12.
Clinton had a double-double, adding 16 boards to her stats. She also stole the ball seven times.
Ki-Be's Yesenia Torres was the leading scorer, dropping in 30 points. Nine baskets were from beyond the three-point arc.
Teammate Cierra Torp scored 15 points.
"All-in-all, it was a great learning experience for our team," said Barnhart. She said the Lady Pirates learned how to deal with pressure and is looking forward to the start of regular season play.
Bickleton (4-1) will host Trout Lake-Glenwood this coming Friday for its first league match-up of the season. On Saturday, the Lady Pirates travel to Lyle.