Indian girls, Crusader boys win at Shamrock Shootout

RC's Jeremy Pynch scores 30 points in the 46-41 boys win, but Touchet's Zoe Weaver has 19 in the girls 47-41 victory.

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Touchet's Elizabeth Pedroza (No. 10) and Riverside Christian's Sarah St. Hilaire chase a loose ball during the fourth quarter of their Shamrock Shootout game Tuesday.

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Touchet's Carley Frazier watches the tight game before heading back into play during the fourth period. Touchet held on for the victory, 47-41.

WALLA WALLA — Zoe Weaver’s big game helped the Touchet girls get past Riverside Christian, but the Crusaders rode Jeremy Pynch’s 30-point game to garner the victory over the Indian boys at the Blue Mountain Officials Association Shamrock Shootout at Whitman College’s George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.

Weaver’s 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals helped spark the Indian girls to a 47-41 victory.

Kevin Ford scored 15 points for the Indian boys, but Pynch’s performance spurred Riverside Christian to the 46-41 victory.

Touchet girls 47, Riverside Christian 41


Weaver, and backcourt partner Carley Frazier, also took care of the ball in the face of Riverside Christian’s constant full-court pressure. Despite a fast-paced, up-and-down tempo, Weaver and Frazier committed just 13 turnovers while the opposing Crusaders turned the ball over two dozen times.

"Carley and Zoe are two ball handlers who are confident and want the ball in their hands," Touchet coach Scott Pumphrey said. "The team feels real comfortable with those girls and you can put Liza Pedroza in that same category."

The game was won in the second half after Touchet forced a decisive momentum swing in the third quarter. Four Indian players combined to hit 13 consecutive free throws in the third stanza, and Touchet finished 14-of-16 shooting from the charity stripe.

"Free throws and defense win games," Weaver said. "That is for sure."

The Touchet girls also forced 18 of Riverside Christian’s 24 turnovers in the second half.

"We went right at them, attacking them with the press," Pumphrey said. "They got a little tired in the second half, maybe a little lazy and that caused all of those turnovers."

The Crusaders jumped in front 4-0 to start the game, but Weaver fired back with a pair of 3-pointers to give Touchet a 6-4 lead with about three minutes remaining in the first stanza.

"Zoe is our shooter," Frazier said. "And I get a lot of the assists on her points."

Touchet’s ReAna Butler got an offensive rebound and putback to make it 8-4. Riverside Christian responded with two quick buckets before Weaver hit a mid-range jumper to make it 10-8 Touchet.

After Mariah Van Horne converted a three-point play in the paint to give the Crusaders an 11-10 lead, Kristen Warner split a pair of free throws for Touchet to forge an 11-11 deadlock as the first quarter ended.

The second quarter belonged to Crusader post Kendra Staymates, who scored eight points of her team-high 15 points and blocked three shots prior to intermission. Riverside Christian led 24-19 at the break.

Staymates remained a dominant inside force throughout the game and finished with 12 rebounds, although she ran into foul trouble in the second half.

"Foul trouble slowed down Staymates," Pumphrey said. "We went right at her with our offense and got her in foul trouble."

Touchet outscored the Crusaders 14-4 in the third quarter to seize control. The Indians collected all 14 of their points at the free-throw line, while Riverside Christian got layups from Breezy Bryne and Kristin Kinder.

The two teams battled on even terms in the fourth quarter as Touchet added a point to its final margin of victory.

"The team worked really hard over the break on defense and it was really starting to pay off," Pumphrey said.

As a team, the Indians picked off 12 steals. Butler, who plays post and anchors the core of Touchet’s 2-3 half-court zone defense, had five steals as the Crusaders tried force-feeding Staymates in the middle.

Touchet, which knocked 21-of-30 free throws during the game, improved to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in conference.

Touchet plays again today at 3 p.m. against Echo.

Riverside Christian boys 46, Touchet 41

WALLA WALLA— The balanced scoring attack of Touchet boys wasn’t enough to beat a spectacular performance of 30 points by Jeremy Pynch of Riverside Christian.

Pynch scored all but 16 of the Crusaders points in the 46-41 victory over the Indians here Tuesday at the Shamrock Shootout at George Ball Court on the Whitman College campus.

Kevin Ford stepped up big for the Indians, scoring 15 points. Marshall Byerley chipped in 10 points and Bo Segerman added eight for the Indians.

"We did have balanced scoring," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. "The problem was stopping Pynch and I told my players how good he was before the game. Nobody listened and we couldn’t contain him."

The Crusaders ran wild in the third quarter, with Pynch bombing away from behind the arc. Pynch hit five 3-pointers en route to his team scoring 20 points in the stanza.

In the third period, Pynch threw up shots from downtown and his team pulled ahead to an 11-point lead.

"Our main problem was stopping one player," McKeown said of Pynch. "He was quick and could drive to the hoop. Pynch also was hitting shots from NBA 3-point range."

The Indians battled back in the fourth, winning the quarter 11-5 but falling just short of the victory.

Segerman had five of his eight points in the final rally and Byerley hit a buzzer-beating shot from 3-point land at end of regulation.

The first quarter was all Riverside Christian after a 7-2 Touchet run to start the game.

Byerley hit a 3, Ford got an offensive rebound and put-back. R-C scored and then Segerman made a lay-up to start the game.

Pynch scored eight of the next 10 points on the dribble drive for the Crusaders. Two more lay-ups for R-C and the score was 16-7 Crusaders at the quarter.

The Indians fought back furiously in the second, outscoring R-C 15-5, to take a one-point lead into halftime.

Along the way, Touchet found its touch from the outside, hitting two 3-pointers in the period.

Free-throw shooting throughout the game wasn’t good for either team.

Touchet hit just 5-of-15 charity stripe tosses, and the Crusaders 4-of-10.

It was a physical game between the two opponents, with two Crusaders fouling out and Touchet’s Gustavo Rodriguez breaking his nose.

The loss drops the Indians to a 5-4 overall record and 0-2 in conference.

Touchet’s boys play again today at 1:30 p.m. against Echo.

Touchet girls 47, Riverside Christian 41

Touchet (47) — Pedroza 0 4-8 4, Frazier 2 3-4 7, Weaver 5 6-8 19, Intinarelli 0 0-0 0, Butler 3 2-2 8, Kessler 1 4-4 6, Warner 0 1-2 1, Huesby 0 2-3 2. Totals— 11 21-30 47.

Riverside Christian (41)— Conradi 0 0-0 0, Byrne 2 1-2 6, Lenderman 0 0-0 0, Van Horne 2 1-1 5, Kinder 4 0-1 8, St. Hilaire 0 0-0 0, Lenz 1 0-0 2, Cleveringa 1 0-0 2, Staymates 6 3-3 15, Fulton 1 1-1 3. Totals— 17 6-8 41.

Tou 11 8 14 14 — 47

RC 11 13 4 13 — 41

3 point goals— Tou 2 (Weaver 2), RC 1 (Byrne 1). Total Fouls— Tou 10, RC 21. Fouled out— RC (Van Horne). Technical fouls— none. Rebounds—Tou 26 (Weaver 9), RC 34 (Staymates 12). Turnovers— Tou 13, RC 24.

Riverside Christian boys 46, Touchet 41

Touchet— (41) Hodnefield 1 0-1 2, Segerman 4 0-3 8, Byerley 3 1-2 10, Rodriguez 1 2-4 4, O’Brien 1 0-0 2, Kates 0 0-0 0, ord 5 3-5 15. Totals— 15 6-15 41.

Riverside Christian— (46) Pynch 11 1-3 30, Gartrell 0 0-0 0, Bjur 0 0-0 0, Stein 0 0-0 0, Byrne 2 3-6 7, Peggins 1 0-0 2, Van Tuinen 0 0-0 0, Teddy Jones 0 0-0 0, Tucker Jones 0 0-0 0, Shuel 0 0-1 0, Stein 2 1-2 5, Shively 1 0-0 2. Totals — 17 4-10 46.

Tou 7 15 8 11 — 41

R-C 16 5 20 5 — 46

3 point goals— Tou 4 (Byerley 3, Ford 1), RC 7 (Pynch 7). Total fouls— Tou 15, RC 17. Fouled out— RC (Byrnes). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Tou 14 (Hodnefield 5), RC 20 (Pynch 4). Turnovers— Tou 9, RC 12.

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