The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Andrew Christiansen

Bickleton defeats Klickitat 49-48 in overtime


Andrew Christiansen

KLICKITAT BOMBER: Kyann Kessinger had a big night at Bickleton, sending the game into overtime with a three point shot. It was all for naught as the Pirates got a point ahead and held on for a 49-48 win. Above, Kessinger at left is covered by Haley Goodnight.

Bickleton fans got their moneys’ worth of excitement over the weekend with the boys beating TLG in triple overtime and the girls edging Klickitat 49-48 in an overtime thriller.

The Lady Pirates and Lady Vandals tangled in Bickleton on Friday. Jamie Venema powered the Pirate offense and defense through the first half, scoring 16 points and blocking two shots. After back and forth action, Bickleton looked like they would run off with the game early in the fourth quarter as they led by as many as seven points, but the pace of the game became the Lady Pirates’ worst enemy, along with Kyann Kessinger.

Kessinger gave notice she might be a factor when she opened the second quarter by hitting a pair of three-point shots. Bickleton sat back in zone defense and allowed the 5’0” guard to fire away throughout the game. She shot inside and outside the arc, hitting 12-19 from the floor for a game high 28 points.

Venema and Nicolle Oldfield battled one another down low with Venema blocking four of the Vandal’s shots and taking the ball away to start runs to the Bickleton end of the court. At one point the two got into a pushing match, drawing simultaneous fouls that did more harm to Venema than Oldfield as the Pirate star soon went to the bench with four fouls. Venema would end up fouling out of the game with 28 seconds left in regulation.

As the lead opened in the fourth quarter, Bickleton got into the habit of pushing the ball up-court and taking shots with 20 seconds left on the shot clock. It allowed the Vandals to work their way back into the game.

The Vandals moved the ball up slowly and worked for their shots. When they missed, Bickleton would race to the other end and put up another quick shot. With nine seconds left in the game, Bickleton had the ball and a three point lead, but rather than run the clock they rushed a shot. Kessinger came out with the rebound and went straight up the middle of the court and was allowed to shoot another three that dropped like a dagger through the net to tie the game.

Both teams looked to their bench in overtime with Venema out for Bickleton and Cassie Clack on the bench for Klickitat. Chelci Curtis fouled out for Klickitat during overtime, leaving the Vandals short on rebounders.

A Sydnie O’Banion free throw put the Pirates ahead with 58 seconds left. The Vandals trotted down court but turned the ball over in the paint. The Pirates raced back and coughed the ball up on a traveling call. The entire series took just 14 seconds. Klickitat came back down court and Bickleton left Juliana Quinton alone for a three point try, which missed. Keandra Kessinger saved the ball, but it went right to the Pirates who raced down court with the ball and missed another shot. The rebound went off a Vandal with 17 seconds left.

The Pirates got the ball in-bounds cleanly and passed it back and forth along the sideline, waiting for the Vandals to foul. The foul never came and the time ticked away until the final buzzer, giving the Pirates their first conference win.

Venema was high scorer for Bickleton with 19 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots. The Pirates got good play off the bench from eighth grader, Hali O’Banion who scored eight points. Kyann Kessinger had four rebounds and two blocked shots to go along with her monster scoring effort.

The win was a good rebound for Bickleton who had been pasted by Sunnyside Christian 71-24 on Tuesday. There was enough energy in the tank to travel to Trout Lake on Saturday and knock off one of their chief competitors for a playoff berth, TLG, winning 58-46. Coach Emily Barnhart complemented her team for their poise in controlling the game from start to finish. Venema had another good night scoring 22 points with 18 rebounds. Lindsay Brown scored eight points and had 17 rebounds.

It was the end of a tough weekend for TLG who lost at Sunnyside Christian the night before, 83-23. The week started on the right foot with a 43-38 win over the Vandals in Klickitat. The Vandals led going into the fourth quarter, but couldn’t lock down Dakota Jones and Caitlin Scott who scored 18 and 15 points, respectively. Lara Parsons scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds for Klickitat.

It turned out to be a disastrous week for Klickitat. After losing two tough games to middle of the pack teams, the Lady Vandals sank into last place with a 64-43 loss to Yakama Tribal on Saturday. Kyann Kessinger and Oldfield each scored 14 points for Klickitat who played their second game of the week with Parsons sidelined with illness. Prior to a home game against Lyle-Wishram this past Tuesday, Klickitat’s record was 0-4. Sunnyside Christian is running away with the league, but the other five teams are in a fierce battle for three playoff spots. Klickitat will have to put some league wins on the board over the next two weeks to keep them in the running. Friday is a tough road game at Sunnyside Christian. Two key games follow for the Vandals; Friday against Yakama Tribal in Klickitat and next Tuesday in a rematch at Trout Lake.


Reader Comments


Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2018