Smaller Touchet boys can't match taller Waitsburg-Prescott squad

The smaller Indians just can't match the taller W-P squad in the 58-32 defeat in Waitsburg Tuesday night.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Kris Cady (left) tangles with Touchet's Bo Segerman (center) as the two push their way in pursuit of a loose ball during the first quarter of their game Tuesday night in Waitsburg.

WAITSBURG — What happens when you make a team with two players 6-feet tall or taller play a team with eight players 6-feet tall or taller?

A 26-point blowout.

The diminutive Touchet Indians had trouble all night long getting good looks against the trees from W-P and the result was the home team taking the Southeast B Southern Division boys basketball game, 58-32, here Tuesday.

Touchet finished with eight field goals on the night — five in the first half. By comparison, Waitsburg-Prescott tallied eight field goals in the first quarter.

"That’s what we’ve been running into all season long. It’s the height," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. "Our tallest guy is 6-foot-1, and we have to play 6-5. A lot of times it doesn’t work.

"We have to be persistent," he said. "We have to be scrappy and continue to go after them. We tried to drive at them in the second half and draw contact — and we did — but it was a little too late."

"We played a really sound game tonight," W-P coach T.J. Scott said. "We kept our turnovers down around 10. We took a lot of good shots. And Ben (Kiefel) was pretty tough inside."

Kiefel, W-P’s big man, finished with a game-high 15-point, 12-rebound double-double.

"It’s the best I think we’ve looked both offensively and defensively all year," Scott said.

"And Chris Cady was awesome," Scott added. "He had some good looks, some nice assists, and was scrappy around the basket. A good rebounder and putback guy."

Cady finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

The game started out evenly, with Touchet burying its first three attempts from behind the arc.

At the 2:04 mark of the first quarter, the Indians trailed by just one, 12-11.

Then, W-P got busy on the offensive end and Touchet’s deep ball grew cold.

Over the next nine minutes, W-P outscored Touchet 18-5. Waitsburg-Prescott went into half up 14 and cruised from there.

Jacob Hodnefield’s 10-point, seven-rebound night led the Indians in the losing effort.

The loss drops Touchet to 8-8 overall, 3-4 in the Southeast South. The Indians entertain Class 2B DeSales at home Friday, followed by a Class 1B clash at Colton on Saturday.

Waitsburg-Prescott improves its record to 12-2 and 5-1 heading into a rematch with division leader Liberty Christian Friday in Waitsburg. W-P hopes to avenge its only loss in divisional play and grab a share of first place heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

"We’ve had this one marked on our calendar for awhile," Scott said of the LC game. "They beat us pretty bad up there and taught us that we’re not as good as we thought we were. It’s going to take a really good defensive effort, because they can knock down shots all over the place. If we keep our turnovers under 15, we’ve got a pretty good chance to knock them off."

Friday’s game starts at 7:30 p.m. on Waitsburg’s Kison Court.

TOUCHET — Hodnefield 3 4-6 10, Segerman 1 1-3 4, Byerley 0 3-4 3, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, O’Brien 0 0-0 0, Kates 2 1-2 7, Ford 0 0-0 0, Valencia 1 1-2 4, Contreras 0 0-0 0, Hines 1 0-0 3, Smith 0 1-2 1, Weber 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 11-19 32.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT — Cady 5 0-0 10, Zuger 0 0-0 0, Withers 5 0-0 10, Bartlow 3 0-2 8, Gerke 3 2-4 8, Wooderchak 2 0-2 4, Alexenko 0 0-0 0, Kiefel 7 1-2 15, Lehr 0 1-2 1, Brown 0 2-2 2. Totals 25 6-14 58.

Touchet 11 5 9 8 — 32

W-P 16 14 14 14 — 58

3-point goals — Tou 5 (Kates 2, Segerman, Valencia, Hines), W-P 2 (Bartlow 2). Total Fouls — Tou 12, W-P 19. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Tou 20 (Hodnefield 7), W-P 40 (Kiefel 12). Turnovers — Tou 15, W-P 13.

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