BICKLETON - It was a hard-fought battle in last night's final game of the regular season for the Lady Pirate hoop team.
The Yakama Tribal Eagles soared past the Bickleton girls basketball squad for an eventual 55-40 win.
The first quarter was tied, 9-9, but in the second stanza the Lady Eagles went on a 16-8 run, leaving the Lady Pirates trailing 25-17 at the half.
Bickleton Coach Emily Barnhart says the Lady Pirates nearly evened the score on several occasions in the third period, but by the end of the period the Lady Eagles held a 10-point lead, 39-29.
"We were plagued by turnovers," Barnhart said. "Our biggest opponent tonight was our lack of control of the ball and our free throw percentage."
Barnhart says with the promising Lady Pirate squad, the team is sure to be a tougher match against the Yakima Tribal Eagles if they meet up again in the playoffs.
"I'm encouraged that our next time facing Tribal will end differently," she added.
Bright spots on the night included Bickleton's Jamie Venema, who notched a double-double performance. She scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds off the glass last night. Teammate Lindsay Brown also notched a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
The Lady Pirates ended its regular season 4-6 in league play, and 11-8 overall.
If Trout Lake wins over Tribal tonight (Tuesday), the Lady Pirates will have to play a tiebreaker game with Trout Lake tomorrow in Klickitat. If not, the Lady Pirates will be headed to Mabton on Friday for the District tournament. Saturday's District games are set to be held in Zillah.