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Pirates' teams go 1-1 against JV teams from Zillah and Granger


Bickleton’s boys and girls basketball teams each lost close games against the Zillah JV last week, but both bounced back with wins over Granger JV.

The boys played Zillah neck and neck from start to finish in what Coach Jerry Roberts described as a fast-paced and physical game which ended with Zillah claiming a 61-60 victory. “Zillah pressed the whole game,” said Roberts. “At times we beat the press and at times we made some bad decisions that cost us.” Nathan Powers led the Bickleton scoring with 25 points and Kyle Underwood was in double digits with 12. Riley Brown had nine rebounds to go with nine points.

Three players scored in double digits on Saturday in Bickleton, led by Powers’ 27 points, many created off the dribble drive. Troy Roberts hit some timely three-point shots to help propel the Pirates to an easy 53-33 win. Roberts finished the game with 12 points and eight rebounds. Brown scored 10 points and Henry Pond had four assists in the game.

Bickleton boys are 2-1 on the year in non-league play.

It was a quick Zillah team that challenged the Lady Pirates and led to a 57-53 win for the visiting Leopards. On Saturday, Bickleton was much more into the flow of the game, according to Coach Teressa Gannon. “The girls played good defense and we really came together against Granger,” said Gannon. Eight Pirates scored led by Hannah Pond with 11. Emily Hanson scored six points and Heather Goodnight and Ashley Magana each scored five points. Magana led the team with 12 rebounds and Pond had seven assists. The win was the first of the season for the Pirates.

Bickleton girls took on College Park on Tuesday while the boys played Riverside Christian. League play opens this Friday at Trout Lake. Saturday is another split team home game with the girls playing Moses Lake Christian and the boys playing Walla Walla. The team will play in the Helix tournament during Christmas break, Dec. 28-29.


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