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By Andrew Christiansen

Bickleton entertains Australian club teams


Lindsay Brown started the year with a double-double, but Bickleton fell to Mabton JV 50-35. Turnovers and an anemic 23 percent shooting percentage kept the Lady Pirates from posing much of a challenge to the Vikings, according to Coach Emily Barnhart.

In addition to Brown’s 14 points and 20 rebounds, Sydnie Whitmore helped the Pirates control the boards with 16 rebounds.

Bickleton’s boys fared much better, winning their opener 66-40 over the Mabton JV. Three players scored in double figures and the Pirates beat the Vikings on the boards 44-26.

Clint Strader led the team with 14 points and had four offensive rebounds. Nathan Powers and Kyle Underwood each scored 12 points for the Pirates. Underwood was a smoking 6-7 from the floor and Powers led the team with seven rebounds. The Pirates had a good outing forcing 20 turnovers and they picked the ball from Mabton 15 times with Joey Cardenas leading the way with six steals.

The girls and boys each had what their coaches described as a “great experience” when they played the travel team from Australia on Saturday. The Aussie Titans won both games, 53-30 against the girls and 57-39 against the boys. The games were more than just basketball, as the team stayed a night with Bickleton families and enjoyed farmland hospitality.

Jayce Alexander, a 5-7 eighth grader for Bickleton led the girls with 12 points. Coach Barnhart lamented that it was another poor shooting performance, the Lady Pirates as cold on the court as it is outside.

Coach Jerry Roberts felt the playing experience was also good for the Pirates who were able to stick close during the first half of play. Powers had nine points and Strader had nine to lead the Pirates. Michael Underwood pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Bickleton. Neither team was hot from the floor, but the Titans went to the free throw line 27 times, hitting 14 shots compared to just 4-7 for the Pirates.

The Pirates played the Zillah C squad on Tuesday and the boys host Glenwood’s JV team on Thursday. Granger comes to Bickleton on Saturday and the junior varsity boys play the return game at Glenwood on Tuesday.


Bickleton 3 – 14 – 9 – 9 35

Mabton JV 11 – 10 – 17 – 12 50

Bickleton – Brown 14, Heather Goodnight 5, Kira Harvey 5, Katrina Cardenas 4, Whitmore 3, Hali O’Banion 2, Lacy Cannon 2.

Bickleton 6 – 6 – 6 – 12 30

Australia 17 – 15 – 10 – 11 53

Bickleton – Alexander 12, Cannon 8, Brown 5, Harvey 5.


Bickleton 66 Mabton JV 40

Bickleton – Strader 14, Powers 12, K. Underwood 12, Andrew Gannon 6, Cardenas 4, Troy Roberts 4, M. Underwood 4, Riley Brown 2, Joseph Cummings 2.

Bickleton 39 Australia 57

Bickleton – Powers 11, Strader 9, K. Underwood 7, M. Underwood 6, Cardenas 2, Roberts 2, Kenny Allenton 2.


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