Touchet boys notch 75-32 win against Helix

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HELIX - Touchet's boys basketball team scored a decisive road victory over Helix Tuesday to notch its third win of the season, 75-32.

Jake Hodnefield led the Indians with his first triple-double of the season, tallying 17 points, 10 assists and 10 steals to lead a swarming Touchet defensive attack that looked well-improved from the group that just got past Helix a week earlier at home.

"They got the first basket," said Touchet head coach Tim McKeown. "From there we locked in and dominated. It looked like the team that we can be out there today, and we used our defense to lead to offense."

Touchet took a 37-15 lead into intermission, and the game was never in doubt during the second stanza, in large part thanks to 30 points from senior Matt Kates.

"We really gelled out there," McKeown said. "We were able to get behind their zone a lot as the game progressed, and we got Kates some good looks, and he cashed them in."

Helix was led by 17 points from Zack Sundin.

"He had a really good game for us," said Helix coach Brooke Garton. "He was our points and rebounding leader and he worked really hard."

Garton was pleased with the Grizzlies' offensive effort.

"We finally started to run our offense a little last night, so that was a high point, but we need to work on our defense in practice," she said.

Garton wants to run different scenarios by the Grizzlies and see how they respond.

"We're just not sustaining the same level the entire game," she said. "We really need to work on moving our feet and playing the whole game, not just in spurts."

The Grizzlies are next slated to take the floor Saturday at Ione in their league opener.

Touchet has a date at Colton on Friday.

"We know to play with a team like Colton we need to have a defensive effort like the one we had tonight," McKeown said. "We stepped it up, and that's what you want to see at this point in the season."

Touchet 75, Helix 32

Touchet (75) - Hodnefield 8 0-0 17, Hines 3 4-6 11, Preciado 1 1-2 3, Ochoa 0 0-0 0, Kates 14 0-0 30, Flores 4 0-0 8, Ortiz 0 0-0 0, Weber 2 0-2 4, Huesby 1 0-0 2. Totals 33-77 5-10 75.

Helix (32) - Papineau 0 0-0 0, Rogers 3 1-2 9, Kubishta 0 0-0 0, Clark 0 1-2 1, Bennett 2 0-2 5, Flerchinger 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 0-0 0, Sundin 7 2-5 17. Totals 12-48 4-11 32.

Touchet 22 15 21 17 - 75

Helix 7 8 5 12 - 32

3-point goals - Tou 4 (Hodnefield, Hines, Kates 2), Helix 4 (Rogers 2, Bennett, Sundin). Total fouls- Tou 9, Helix 10. Fouled out- None. Technical Fouls- Helix 1. Rebounds- Tou 37 (Hines 9), Helix 25 (Sundin 10). Turnovers- NA. Assists- Tou 18 (Hodnefield 10), Helix 7 (Clark 3).

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