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Bickleton Lady Pirates split tournament games

HELIX, ORE. – Junior Lindsay Brown led the Bickleton High School girls basketball team to a 1-1 record at a holiday hoop tourney in Helix, Ore. last Thursday and Friday.

After dropping a 55-37 decision to Walla Walla Valley Academy in the tournament opener, the Lady Pirates knocked off the Klickitat Vandals in day two action, 54-41.

The tourney split pushed Bickleton’s record to 3-4 on the season.

The 5’10” Brown lit up the scoreboard for 22 points in Bickleton’s victory over Klickitat.

The Vandals, who were outscored 19-5 in the opening quarter, were led by KeAndra Kessinger and Jenna Blake with 8 points apiece.

In knocking off Klickitat the Lady Pirates forged a 27-14 halftime lead. Bickleton took a 38-18 lead into the fourth quarter before substituting freely down the stretch.

Besides the 22 points Brown netted, Bickleton received a 9-point performance from sophomore Lacy Cannon. Bickleton, too, got a 12-rebound effort from eighth grader Jayce Alexander, and teammate Kira Harvey dished a team-best four assists in the win over the Vandals.

In Thursday’s loss to Walla Walla Valley Academy, Brown again led all scorers in the game. She canned 15 points. Brown also had a game-high 17 rebounds.

The Walla Walla club was powered by Daisy Nateras with 14 points.

Bickleton Coach Emily Barnhart said her team didn’t shoot all that poorly against Walla Walla Valley Academy, “…but we didn’t see as many shot opportunities this game.”

In the win over Klickitat, Barnhart said she was pleased the Lady Pirates kept turnovers to a minimum.

Bickleton’s varsity is scheduled to host the Mabton JV this coming Tuesday, then will travel to Granger to take on the Spartans junior varsity the following night.

Bickleton 9 9 6 13 -37

W. Walla VA 18 15 7 15 -55

Bickleton – Brown 15, Smith 5, O’Banion 4, Whitmore 5, Hanson 2, Alexander 2, Cannon 0, Lindsley 0, Delbrook 0, Macias 0, Harvey 0

Walla Walla Valley Academy – Nateras 14, A. Underhill 6, Woolever 10, Evans 8, Graham 9, Kling 4, K. Underhill 2, Miller 2

Bickleton 19 8 11 16 -54

Klickitat 5 9 4 23 -41

Bickleton – Brown 22, Cannon 9, Smith 5, Lindsley 2, O’Banion 4, Whitmore 2, Hanson 0, Delbrook 0, Cardenas 0, Macias 2, Harvey 2, Alexander 6

Klickitat – Ke. Kessinger 8, Blake 8, Green 5, Ky. Kessinger 5, Oldfield 4, Temptation 3, Quinton 2, Tuthill 6, Schlangen 0

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