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Lady Pirates back in business

TOPPENISH - With all the Lady Pirates back in action, Bickleton took care of business in the Yakama Tribal gym last night.

Team members sustained injuries early on this season, causing games to be canceled and postponed.

But last night with all players back in the action, everything "clicked," said Bickleton Coach Emily Barnhart.

The Bickleton girls basketball squad triumphed over the Yakama Tribal Eagles, 62-38.

The first quarter ended in a tie, 6-6.

"We started off a little cold with our shooting," Barnhart added. "(But) in the second quarter, it all came together."

Bickleton went on a 23-9 run to take a 29-15 lead into the half.

Lady Pirate Lindsay Brown heavily contributed to the score with 25 points and brought down 15 rebounds. The Bickleton player also had nine steals and five assists throughout the game.

Going into the second half Bickleton nearly doubled its lead over the Eagles, outscoring the hosts 41-24.

Lady Pirate Jamie Venema tallied 20 points and blocked 10 shots on defense. She also retrieved nine rebounds and came away with nine steals.

"We kept our turnovers to a minimum tonight," added Barnhart.

"It was fun to finally see everything click with the girls," she added.

The Bickleton Lady Pirates (1-2, 4-3) are now preparing to host Sunnyside Christian this Friday, Jan. 20, and will play the following night on their home floor against Trout Lake.

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