Indian boys, girls teams slay Cougars

Touchet wraps up its Shamrock Shootout with a 58-43 boys romp, and a girls 58-50 win over Echo.

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Touchet's Jacob Hodnefield (No. 10) ends up clutching air and watching the loose ball float away after being hammered by Echo's Logan Thorne while putting up a shot Wednesday. Thorne was called for the shooting foul and Hodnefield went to the line during the second period Wednesday at the Shamrock Shootout.

WALLA WALLA — Touchet’s girls and boys enjoyed their final games at the Shamrock Shootout at George Ball Court on the Whitman College campus Wednesday afternoon.

Jake Hodnefield put up 18 points, and Matt Kates 16, in the Indian boys’ 58-43 romp over Echo in the afternoon.

The Cougar girls keyed on Touchet’s Zoe Weaver — who unleashed for 19 points, nine boards and three steals in the tournament’s opening 47-41 victory over Riverside Christian Tuesday — as the game began Wednesday, allowing ReAna Butler to score 15 early points and spark the Indians to the 58-50 victory.

Touchet’s boys (6-4 overall) and girls (5-6 overall) next play Jan. 8 at Tri-Cities Prep.

Touchet boys 58, Echo 43

With guard Jake Hodnefield scoring 18 points and forward Matt Kates adding 16, Touchet rolled to a 58-43 basketball victory over Echo here Wednesday afternoon.

"Our starting five had a good game," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. "Hodnefield scored and did a good job of getting the ball inside to Kates. Overall, it was a good team effort and team win."

Echo got off to a quick 8-0 start on Jacob Eby’s two three-pointers and a fastbreak lay-up by Glen Swanger. But the Indians closed the quarter on a 13-4 run to lead 13-12 after one quarter.

Hodnefield and Kates scored six apiece for Touchet in the first period.

"We got the ball inside on Echo’s 1-3-1 zone," McKeown said. "The weak spot in the zone is the post and we scored inside early."

The Indians hit five shots inside the key in the first quarter alone.

Hodnefield added seven points in the second quarter as Touchet pulled away for a 30-21 halftime lead.

"We were getting it inside whenever we could," Hodnefield said. "And then kicking it out for the three-pointer."

Kates drilled two of Touchet’s three baskets from the three-point line.

Touchet added to its lead by outscoring Echo 16-12 in third period.

"All of our guys played well today," Hodnefield said.

A 12-7 run finished off any remaining Echo hopes, although nailed a three-pointer at the final buzzer to trim the final deficit by just a bit.

Eby finished with five three-pointers on the night and 15 points to lead the Cougars. He was also tied for the team-high in rebounds with five.

Eby was the only Echo player Touchet allowed to score in double figures.

"The kids’ energy was better today on defense," McKeown said. "We were pretty patient with our offense. The guys were just relaxing and playing."

On the afternoon, the Indians swiped 14 steals and forced 31 turnovers.

"Our defense was more important than our offense," Hodnefield said. "We got some steals and that led to some easy shots."

Touchet girls 58, Echo 50

Touchet pounded the boards for 35 rebounds and fed 6-foot-1 post ReAna Butler for 15 early points en route to a 58-50 basketball victory over the Echo Cougars here Wednesday afternoon at the Shamrock Shootout in George Ball Court on the Whitman College campus.

"Yesterday, the other teams saw Zoe (Weaver) and Carley (Frazier) have their way shooting ball from the outside," Touchet coach Scott Pumphrey said.

"Today, we had ReAna and our other posts step up. We have the inside and outside game. If they take one away, then the other will be open."

Weaver had another great all-around game for the Indians with 20 points, three steals and six rebounds.

Taking entry passes from Weaver on the low block, Butler scored three lay-ups and a free throw for Touchet’s first seven points. That erased an early 4-0 Echo lead that came courtesy of baskets by Taylor Tarvin and Shilah Hilliard.

A bucket by Weaver on the dribble drive, another shot inside from Butler and a putback by Cheyenne Kessler extended Touchet’s lead to 13-6 after one quarter.

After surpassing the Cougars three minutes into the game, the Indians stayed in front the rest of the way.

With Weaver scoring six points in the second quarter, Touchet finished the half with a 28-20 lead.

Frazier assumed more of the Touchet scoring load in the second half and made several key baskets.

"Carley picked up the scoring for us later on in the game," Pumphrey said. "She is gaining more and more confidence every game. After awhile, Carley is going to realize that she can do basically whatever she wants out on the floor."

Frazier scored nine of her 12 points in the second half. Six of her points came in the third stanza.

After the two teams battled on even terms in the third quarter (17-16 Touchet), the Indians started the fourth period on a 12-4 run to take control. They led by as many as 15 points in the final stanza before Pumphrey pulled many of his starters in the closing minutes.

Touchet outrebounded the Cougars by a 35-15 margin. The Indians also collected 13 steals, getting three each from Frazier, Weaver and Butler.

Hilliard paced the Cougars with 12 points.

Kirsten McCallum roamed the middle for Echo and blocked seven Indian shots.

Touchet boys 58, Echo 43

Touchet (58) — Hodnefield 6 6-9 18, Segerman 2 0-1 4, Byerley 2 0-0 5, O’Brien 2 0-2 5, Kates 6 2-2 16, Ford 3 0-0 6, Contreras 0 1-2 1, Hines 1 0-0 2.

Echo (43) — Eby 5 0-0 15, Harris 1 0-0 2, E. Ibarra 0 1-2 1, Longhorn 2 0-1 3, McCallum 3 0-0 7, Munoz 3 0-1 6, Swanger 3 2-2 8.

Tou— 13 17 16 12 — 58

Ech— 12 9 12 10 — 43

3-point goals— Tou 4 (Byerley 1, O’Brien 1, Kates 2), Ech 6 (Eby 5, McCallum 1). Total Fouls— Tou 11, Ech 19. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds Tou 18 (Hodnefield 5), Ech 23 (Eby 5, Swanger 5). Turnovers— Tou 15, Ech 31.

Touchet girls 58, Echo 50

Touchet (58)— Pedroza 0 1-2 1, Frazier 4 4-7 12, Weaver 6 8-10 20, Intinarelli 0 2-2 2, Butler 7 1-1 15, Kessler 1 1-4 3, Warner 0 1-2 1, Huesby 2 2-2 4.

Echo (50)— T. Tarvin 4 2-4 10, Ferge 3 1-2 7, Hilliard 4 4-6 12, L. Elligsen 1 0-0 2, Larramendy 1 1-2 4, K. Elligsen 0 2-2 2, R. Tarvin 1 0-0 2.

Tou — 13 15 16 13 — 58

Ech — 6 14 17 14 — 50

3-point goals— Ech 1 (Larramendy). Total fouls— Tou 16, Ech 24. Fouled out— Ech (L. Elligsen, Hilliard). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Tou 35 (Weaver 6), Ech 15 (McCallum 4, Hilliard 4). Turnovers— Tou 21, Ech 20.

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