Touchet falls to LaCrosse-Washtucna, Colton

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TOUCHET - The Touchet Indians battled to a 16-9 halftime score against LaCrosse-Washtucna here Saturday night and lost 36-27.

Despite 15 points and 16 boards for Kristen Warner, the Indians were unable to find their first league win.

"We had 14 more turnovers than them (L-W)," Touchet coach Mike Giusti said, "and that led to a lot more shots for them. We did have 18 offensive rebounds but it was offset a bit by their 13 offensive boards. Those were the statistics that tell the story of the game because we both shot about equally as well."

Giusti also said that they had their chances to make up the difference at the free-throw line. The Indians failed to capitalize, as they shot just 6-of-19 from the charity stripe.

"Both teams played really hard," Giusti said. "It was a battle out there and I'm proud of the girls for improving on their efforts. We're learning to handle the ball better and our intensity level is picking up."

The defending state champion Colton Wildcats took a bite out of the Indians Friday night, winning 72-8.

"They (Colton) jumped on us pretty convincingly, hitting their first three shots, all 3-pointers," Giusti said. "Our girls played with a lot of poise and heart. Despite the outcome, we really took a lot away from the game. We are a better team than before the game started."

Colton's balanced scoring attack saw many in the scoring column and two in double digit scoring. Haley Moser had a game-high 15 points and Paige Mincent dropped in 12 points.

The Wildcats outrebounded the Indians 26-15.

Touchet will be back in action at Walla Walla Valley Academy Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Colton 72, Touchet 8

COLTON (72) - J. Moser 2 2-2 7, Haley Moser 6 1-3 15, Meyer 4 0-2 8, Dahmen 2 2-2 6, G. Druffel 0 5/5 5, Mincent 5 2-4 12, K. Druffel 1 0-0 2, Chadwick 0 1-1 1, Webee 1 0-0 3, Warner 2 0-0 4, Smith 4 1-3 9. Totals 27-57 14-22 72.

TOUCHET (8) - Cheshire 1 2-2 4, Downing 0 0-0 0 Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Gutierrez 0 0-0 0, Warner 0 4-8 4, Creek 0 0-0 0, Schaeffer 0 0-0 0. Totals 1-17 6-10 8.

Colton 31 15 6 20 - 72

Touchet 2 0 4 2 - 8

3 point goals - Col 4 (J. Moser, H. Moser 2, Webee), Tou none. Total fouls - Col 13, Tou 15. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds- Col 26, Tou 15.

LaCrosse-Washtucna 36, Touchet 27

LACROSSE-WASHTUCNA (36) - Goude 2 1-3 5, Miller 1 2-2 4, Dorman 0 1-2 1, Fleming 2 1-2 5, Kneele 0 0-0 0, Harter 4 2-3 10, Hostetler 1 2-4 4, Dainty 0 1-2 1, Whinery 3 0-0 6. Totals 13-57 10-18 36.

TOUCHET (27) - Chesire 0 2-4 2, Downing 0 0-0 0, Gutierrez 1 0-3 2, Cardwell 0 0-0 0, Warner 5 5-11 15, Sturm 0 0-0 0, Creek 2 0-0 4, Schaeffer 2 0-1 4. Totals 10-42 7-19 27.

L-W 6 10 11 9 - 36

Touchet 5 4 8 10 - 27

3-point goals - 0. Total fouls - L-W 18, Tou 17. Fouled out - Tou (Sturm). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Tou 35 (Warner 16), L-W 25 (Harder 8). Assists - L-W 3, Tou 1.

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