Indians open with 47-26 victory at Helix

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HELIX — Three Touchet players hit for double figures and three others got into the act offensively here Tuesday night as the Indians opened the boys basketball season with a 47-26 victory over Helix.


Matt Kates led the way with 13 points, Jake Hodnefield added 12 points and Michael Valencia contributed 10 for the Indians.


Helix was paced by Riley Sederburg’s eight points and Garrett Rogers’ seven.


"It wasn’t a bad outing," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. "But with the kids we have, we need to learn some better patience. If we do that, I think we will be fine.


"I thought we forced a lot of shots early in the game and nothing was falling. We settled down a little bit in the second quarter, and then we started getting the ball inside and putting the ball in the basket a little more often in the second half."


Touchet built a 9-2 lead after one quarter, but the Grizzlies fought back to within 22-17 at the intermission. Thirteen of Helix’s 15 second-quarter points came from the free throw line, McKeown said.


"Helix was taking the ball to the hole, we were fouling and they did some pretty good damage at the line," McKeown said. "And I had to sit some kids who were in foul trouble."


The Indians pulled away by outscoring the Grizzlies 8-1 in quarter three and then enjoyed their best offensive quarter in the fourth by scoring 17 points.


"They had to man up in the fourth quarter," McKeown said. "They started fouling and that put us at the line."


The same two teams meet again Friday night in Touchet. The Indians then travel to Lacrosse-Washtucna Saturday night for a Southeast B District cross division game.

TOUCHET (47) — Hodnefield 4 4-6 12, Byerley 2 1-2 5, O’Brien 1 1-3 3, Kates 5 3-4 13, Ford 1 2-6 4, Valencia 3 3-10 10, Hines 0 0-2 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Weber 0 0-0 0, Flores 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 14-33 46.
HELIX (26) — Sherman 0 0-0 0, Sederburg 3 2-5 8, Swaggart 0 2-2 2, Rogers 2 3-3 7, Bushman 0 3-4 3, McMurray 1 0-0 2, Sundin 0 1-2 1, Allen 0 3-4 3, Zimmerman 0 0-0 0. Totals 6 14-20 26.

Touchet 9 13 8 17 — 47
Helix 2 15 1 8 — 26

3-point goals — Touchet (Valencia). Total fouls — Touchet 21, Helix 23. Fouled out — Helix (Swaggart). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Touchet 28 (Ford 8), Helix 23 (McMurray 8). Turnovers — Helix 22, Touchet 15.

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