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Lady Pirates lose low-scoring contest

Bickleton freshman Hali O’Banion applies defensive pressure in last night’s non-league game at Granger.

Bickleton freshman Hali O’Banion applies defensive pressure in last night’s non-league game at Granger. Photo by Julia Hart.

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GRANGER – Maybe it was the frigid weather outside that caused both Bickleton’s varsity and Granger’s JV squad to put up ice-cold shooting numbers last night.

In a low-scoring affair, the host Spartans clipped the Bickleton High School girls basketball team Wednesday evening, 24-20.

“As you can imagine, there were no highlights,” Bickleton Coach Emily Barnhart said of the non-league match-up.

“This is a game I think both teams would like to chalk up to a bad night and forget,” she added.

The win by Granger avenged a 40-38 loss the JV Spartans sustained against Bickleton in mid-December.

Like the earlier meeting, Diana Solorio led the Granger squad. She shared game-high scoring honors with teammate Rikki Zavala, each of whom canned 11 points last night.

Pacing Bickleton in Wednesday evening’s loss, with 4 points apiece, were juniors Daniela Smith and Lindsay Brown, and sophomore Lacy Cannon.

Bickleton’s varsity (3-5) is scheduled to complete the non-league portion of its schedule this coming Friday, Jan. 10, at Touchet. The Lady Pirates will open Greater Columbia ‘B’ League play Jan. 17-18 against Lyle/Wishram and Yakama Nation Tribal.

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