TOUCHET - Pomeroy was able to overcome 31-percent shooting from the field, 24 turnovers and a second-quarter scoring drought of four-and-half-minutes to spoil Touchet's senior night celebration with a 36-28 victory in Southeast 1B District girls basketball action here Friday night.
Both teams were scheduled to end their regular seasons Saturday night. The Pirates were to host St. John-Endicott and the Indians traveled to Tekoa-Oakesdale.
Ironically, it was a Pirate senior that helped doom the Indians. Karlie Martin posted team highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds.
"I was expecting a game like this for the last three weeks," Pomeroy coach Nettie Severs said. "We played pretty well last weekend. Defensively we did not communicate, and we did not take care of the ball on offense. But we were still able to find a way to win."
Touchet forward Emily Huesby - one of four seniors competing in her final regular-season home game along with Hillary Intinarelli, Carley Frazier, and Shelby Sewell - tallied the first basket of the game just 15 seconds after the opening tip to give the Indians their only lead of the night. Huesby ended the contest with game highs of 14 points and 14 rebounds.
The Pirates, playing without key contributor Sadie Slaybaugh due to a season-ending ACL injury, scored 12 unanswered points after Huesby's make and led 14-4 after one period. Martin and Kindsey Bott combined for nine points in the quarter.
Touchet had chances to close the gap during Pomeroy's second-quarter swoon, but the Indians were unable to take advantage. The Indians made just one field goal in 12 tries and sank only four free throws on 10 attempts during the period.
For the game, Touchet was 10-of-51 from the field and 8-of-18 from the stripe.
"We didn't shoot well," Touchet coach Mike Giusti said. "We executed and got everything we wanted. We got easy opportunities and just didn't make them."
Torrie Koller drained a pair of 3-point shots in quarter two to help the Pirates maintain the upper hand - at the 3:31 mark to give Pomeroy a 10-point margin, 17-7, and another just before the halftime buzzer to increase the spread to 12, 22-10.
Frazier scored six points in the third quarter and brought the Indians within seven, 25-18, by sinking two charity tosses with 3:56 on the clock.
The Pirates led by nine, 29-20, going into the fourth quarter.
Huesby converted in the low post with 2:45 left to bring Touchet within six, 31-25, but the Indians would get no closer.
"Touchet has good kids," Severs said. "We may have looked past them."
"Nettie's done a good job," Giusti said. "Pomeroy is physical and disciplined.
"Our effort was good," Giusti said. "We've been running better recently. Carley had a good night. Josie (Christopher) had an outstanding night handling their press."
POMEROY (36) - Uto 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 0-3 0-1 0, T. Koller 2-3 0-0 6, Bartlow 1-6 1-2 3, Martin 5-13 2-4 13, Bott 3-7 1-2 7, H. Koller 3-9 0-0 6, Hyer 0-2 1-4 1. Totals 14-45 5-13 36.
TOUCHET (28) - Intinarelli 1-11 1-3 3, Frazier 2-10 3-4 7, Christopher 0-5 0-2 0, Gutierrez 0-2 0-0 0, Sturm 0-2 0-0 0, Warner 1-3 2-5 4, Huesby 6-18 2-4 14, Sewell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 10-51 8-18 28.
Pomeroy 14 8 7 7 - 36
Touchet 4 6 10 8 - 28
3-point goals - Pomeroy 3-8 (T. Koller 2-3, Martin 1-3, H. Koller 0-2), Touchet none. Total fouls-Pomeroy 14, Touchet 14. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Pomeroy 45 (Martin 10), Touchet 45 (Huesby 14). Turnovers-Pomeroy 24, Touchet 20.