Touchet fall to Gar-Pal boys

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COLFAX - Touchet's boys' basketball season came to an end with a 72-57 loss to Garfield-Palouse at the Southeast 1B District Tournament here Tuesday night.

Matt Kates scored 18 points, and Jake Hodnefield 17, for the Indians in the elimination defeat.

"I wish we had a better outing than that, but that's the way it goes," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. "Jake (Hodnefield) got into foul trouble early and had to sit, and it kind of snowballed after that. Everything they (Gar-Pal) were throwing up went in. It was just one of those games."

Blake Slocum led the Vikings with 24 points as Gar-Pal advanced to play St. John-Endicott in a consolation semifinal Friday in Colfax.

St. John-Endicott handed Pomeroy a 61-54 loser-out defeat Tuesday.

Colton and Rosalia square off for the district title at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Colfax.

Touchet, which finished 6-10 in league play, had a better season than expected going in, McKeown said.

"All-in-all, we did a lot better than what folks thought we would do," he said. "We scrapped through all the games, start to finish. Our 2 through 8 (players) could beat anybody on any given night, and in the second half of the season we showed that.

"Other than three seniors, we've got a young group coming up next year," McKeown said. "We'll have a few years of rebuilding, but we have a decent ninth-grade group coming through. They're athletes with size, and they're going to see a lot of playing time next year."

Gar-Pal 72, Touchet 57

TOUCHET (57) - Hodnefield 7 3-5 17, Hines 2 4-4 8, Preciado 0 0-0 0, Martinez 0 1-2 1, Kates 7 2-2 18, Flores 4 0-3 9, Ortiz 0 0-0 0, McKeown 0 0-0 0, Weber 0 0-0 0, Goble 0 0-0 0, Butler 1 0-0 2, Huesby 1 0-0 2. Totals 22-59 10-16 57.

GAR-PAL (72) - Slocum 8 2-2 24, Lowley 0 0-0 0, Lopez 2 1-2 6, Griffin 1 3-4 6, G. Redman 1 0-0 2, C. Redman 0 0-0 0, Lange 2 1-1 5, Z. Kuehner 0 2-2 2, J. Kuehner 0 0-0 0, Martin 3 4-9 10, Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Cocking 7 3-6 17. Totals 24-42 16-26 72.

Touchet 21 9 9 18 - 57

Pasco 21 13 21 17 - 72

3-point goals - Tou 3 (Kates 2, Flores), G-P 8 (Slocum 6, Lopez, Griffin). Total fouls - Tou 23, G-P 17. Fouled out - Hodnefield, Huesby (Tou). Technical fouls - none.

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