No. 1 Rosalia rolls over four seed Touchet in district playoffs

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ROSALIA - Rosalia, the No. 1 Class 1B boys team in the state proved again Saturday why they deserve their ranking.

The Spartans made mincemeat out the Southeast District four-seed Touchet Indians in the first half, then cruised to a 72-57 playoff victory.

Touchet lost the game by 15, but it wasn't that close. Rosalia outscored Touchet 41-15 in the first half to put the game away early.

"We came out flat again," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. "You can't do that. You play a good team in the playoffs and you have to match them point for point. When you take on the No. 1 team in the state, you have to come in with your best."

Rosalia was paced by its 6-foot-5 and 6-3 big men, Jeff Maley and Nathan Richards. Maley registered a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double. Richards bucketed another 18 points.

Jake Hodnefield led the Indians with 23 points, while Michael Valencia added 13. No other Indian scored more than six.

"We have to have other kids step up and score on a consistent basis," McKeown said. "When we don't have other kids step up, we're in for a long night,"

Rosalia advances to the district championship game with the win.

Touchet falls into a loser-out match with Lacrosse-Washtucna in Endicott on Monday at 3 p.m.

To make the 1B state playoffs a week from Wednesday in Yakima, Touchet must win three straight loser-out games on Monday, Friday and Saturday.

"We feel pretty confident. All the teams that stand in our way now, we've beaten before," McKeown said.

TOUCHET (57) - Hodnefield 10 3-4 23, Segerman 3 0-4 6, Byerley 0 2-2 2, Rodriguez 2 0-0 4, O'Brien 1 0-0 3, Kates 2 0-0 4, Ford 0 0-0 0, Valencia 3 4-4 13, Contreras 0 0-0 0, Hines 0 0-2 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Weber 0 2-2 2. Totals 21 11-18 57.

ROSALIA (72) - Eberle 0 0-0 0, Louchs 3 0-0 6, Kuhn 1 0-0 2, Carrothers 0 0-0 0, Hodges 1 2-2 4, Hereford 1 0-0 2, D. Brown 0 2-2 2, C. Brown 2 4-4 9, Maley 11 1-3 23, Richards 8 2-2 18, St. John 1 4-5 6, Hale 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 15-18 72.

Touchet 4 11 19 23 - 57

Rosalia 18 23 15 16 - 72

3-point goals - Tou 4 (Valencia 3, O'Brien), Ros 1 (C. Brown). Total fouls-Tou 17, Ros 17. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-Touchet (Smith). Rebounds-Tou 20 (Byerley 4), Ros 36 (Maley 10). Turnovers-Tou 13, Ros 19. Assists-Tou 7 (Hodnefield 3), Ros 11 (St. John 5). Steals-Tou 9 (Segerman 3), Ros 4.

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