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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Vandal girls spoil Bickleton senior night


Jaryd Cline

Klickitat-Glenwood senior Jenna Blake, right, and sophomore Becky Fink defend Bickleton senior Hali O'Banion during Friday's game in Bickleton.

Toward the end of Klickitat-Glenwood's road victory over Bickleton on Friday night, the lights illuminating the gym went dark for a few seconds.

For a little while, it seemed as if the Vandals had shot the lights out in the gym after combining for a season-high seven 3-pointers in their 56-39 win over the shorthanded Pirates. But, as impressive as the Vandals' long-range shooting was on Friday, it was a fan who backed into the light switch near the away bleachers that caused the temporary light outage.

Four different Vandals knocked down shots from beyond the arc, and senior forward Mackenzie Tuthill scored 12 of her game leading 25 points in the first quarter as the road team got off to a hot start in the first half and cruised to the Greater Columbia Gorge League win.

Things were almost opposite on Friday than as when the teams first met during Bickleton's 49-46 win earlier this season. On Jan. 13, it was the Pirates who got off to a quick start and held off the Vandals. But Friday, Klickitat-Glenwood jumped out to a 35-22 halftime lead and cruised to the win.

"We hit a bunch more shots in the first half and played a lot smarter in the first half and it wasn't as sloppy. Not as many turnovers," Vandals head coach Adam McFall said comparing the two games.

Tuthill scored a variety of different ways in the opening quarter and she and senior guard Bailee Green both connected from downtown to open up a 19-15 first-quarter lead.

The long range barrage continued in the second as freshman Brianna Tuthill connected twice and Mackenzie once from 3-point range while their defense held Bickleton to seven points over the eight minutes.

The Pirates came out strong offensively in the first quarter, running some nice offensive sets, but with just five girls, struggled to play with the same intensity and aggression throughout the entire game that they did in the first.

They also struggled on the glass without freshman forward Rosy Molina. They Vandals were able to take advantage of Bickleton's depleted front line, and got countless second-chance opportunities and offensive boards.

"That's where the easy points come from," McFall said. "We've done a lot of work as far as that goes, and it showed (Friday) night. We had a ton of offensive rebounds."

The first time the two teams met, Bickleton was able to keep the Vandals at bay on the boards, but without Molina, the team's only post player, it was a different story.

Junior guard Kira Harvey got off to a quick start with six first-quarter points, but didn't connect on another field goal for the rest of the game. As a team, the Pirates got to the foul line 32 times, but connected on just 11.

Seniors Hali O'Banion and Hannah Delbrook, playing in their last home game, tied for the team lead with 13 points and combined for 16 rebounds. Harvey finished with nine points and added 14 rebounds and three assists and steals after posting a triple-double in the first meeting against the Vandals.

Vandals 19 16 7 14 - 56

Pirates 15 7 8 9 - 39

Vandals: M. Tuthill 25, B. Tuthill 9, Troh 8, B. Green 7, Spino 4, Leming 2, Blake 1.

Pirates: O'Banion 13, Hanson 13, Harvey 9, Delbrook 3, Reese 1.

Pirates bounce back vs. Cougars

Deadlocked at 41 with 15 seconds left, Bickleton set up one last play for the go-ahead bucket against the Lyle-Wishram Cougars on Saturday in Lyle. However, Harvey was fouled with three seconds left and calmly sank both free throws to give the Pirates a 43-41 win over the Cougars, who bounced back from a 39-33 loss to the Cougars on Jan. 23.

With a much better effort from the free-throw line on Saturday, the Pirates turned a one point first-quarter deficit into an 18-17 halftime lead while connecting on six of eight free-throw attempts in the second.

Jaryd Cline

Klickitat-Glenwood freshman Kaitlynn Spino shoots from underneath while Bickleton junior Emily Hanson watches during Friday's game in Bickleton.

After a back and forth third quarter, the Pirates took a 28-26 lead into the fourth and held off a 3-point barrage from seniors Raquel Montoya and Alex Cloud. The two combined to hit 3 triples in the quarter and Montoya scored 10 of her 12 points in the fourth. Harvey's eight points, along with four from O'Banion and three from junior Emily Hanson helped the Pirates hold off the late Lyle-Wishram rally. Harvey scored a game-high 20 points and added 14 rebounds and six steals, and O'Banion chipped in 11 points with seven rebounds.

Cloud led the Cougars with 18 points and 16 rebounds and sophomore Larissa McConville scored nine points.

Pirates 8 10 10 15 - 43

Cougars 9 8 9 15 - 41

Pirates: Harvey 20, O'Banion 11, Hanson 8, Delbrook 4.

Cougars: Cloud 18, Montoya 12, McConville 9, Rappe 2.


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