By Andrew Christiansen

Klickitat and Bickleton split non-league games


Klickitat and Bickleton tipped off the new year much as they did last year in a four team tournament at Helix, Ore. Walla Walla Valley Academy got the best of the locals both years and the Vandals and Pirates split their games both years. Last year it was the Lady Vandals and the Bickleton boys who won. This year they switched with Klickitat’s boys beating the Pirates 41-31 and the Lady Pirates coming out on top of the Vandals 54-41.

It was just a basket here and there that made the difference in the game as the Vandals played a good defensive game and took care of the ball with just 14 turnovers. Neither team was sharp with their shooting, but Klickitat made two more baskets from inside the arc, one from three-point territory and three more from the foul line for the win. Rebounds were virtually even, but the Pirates had 26 turnovers, giving the Vandals the extra shots they needed to win. Nate Powers was top scorer for the Pirates with nine points, while Michael Underwood had 14 rebounds.

The Lady Pirates came out strong against the Vandals for a 19-5 first quarter lead on their way to a 54-41 win. Klickitat made a fourth quarter run, shaving seven points from the lead, but it was too little, too late.

Lindsay Brown had 22 points to lead all scorers and Jayce Alexander pulled down 12 rebounds for the Pirates. Eight Vandals scored, led by KeAndra Kessinger and Jenna Blake, each with eight points.

In other games, Brown earned the double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds in a 55-37 loss to Walla Walla Academy. Klickitat’s girls lost a strange game, matching Helix in three quarters, actually having a two-point advantage in the quarters where they scored. But, they were shut out 13-0 in the third quarter and lost the game 51-40. Mackenzie Tuthill had her best game of the year, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds and two steals. Barb Schlangen and Nicole Oldfield each scored eight points and each had 10 rebounds for the Vandals.

Bickleton’s boys were taken to school on the art of physical basketball by Walla Walla Academy, according to Coach Jerry Roberts. The Knights, a 2B team were unstoppable with their inside game, making 31 of 52 inside shots and pulling down a 55-18 rebounding edge for a 71-50 win. The loss negated an otherwise fine performance from Nathan Powers who was 62 percent from the floor for 23 points.

Bickleton hosted Mabton’s JV on Monday and traveled to Granger on Tuesday to play the JV and C squads. They are on the road at Touchet, Friday, game time 6 p.m.

Klickitat starts a four game home stand on Friday with their first league game against Yakama Nation at 6 p.m. They play Stevenson on Saturday at 3 p.m. and the boys will play the Glenwood JV boys on Monday at 7 p.m. Next Tuesday will be their second league contest with Lyle-Wishram coming to town at 6 p.m.


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