Waitsburg-Prescott girls take ‘sloppy win' from Indians

Young Touchet takes the 47-25 loss at the hands of Waitsburg-Prescott Tuesday.

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TOUCHET - It didn't take long for Waitsburg-Prescott to move ahead of Touchet in a non-league girls basketball matchup Tuesday night.

The Indians answered an early W-P score for a 2-2 tie two minutes in, and a minute later W-P grabbed the lead and never looked back, dropping the smaller school, 47-25.

"It was a sloppy win, but it was a good win," said W-P head coach Jerry Baker. "We had a lot of fouls, but we'd been out of practice the last few weeks."

Touchet left 15 points off missed free throws on the court.

"We're relatively inexperienced," said Touchet coach Mike Giusti of his team, which has just three seniors. "I'm really happy with how they responded to adversity. ... W-P really did outplay us. They played very well. But I'm really proud of my kids."

After a long holiday break, Baker was pleased with W-P's play.

"We've barely been in the gym all break," he said. "They gave us a lot of pressure and caused a lot of turnovers. Touchet did a good job putting the pressure on us."

W-P's Alyssa Hafen grabbed the tip and put the first points on the board in her seven-point night.

Touchet's Kristen Warner knocked in a tying point - but W-P's Kristin Potter ran it up with four quick points and it never got closer in the first period with W-P up 10-5 headed into the second.

W-P ran away with the lead in the second quarter, when Melissa Creek sparked an 8-0 run for a 28-11 lead at the break.

Warner hit two free throws midway through the quarter as two of her seven-point night.

The charity points stood for Touchet until late in the third, when Carley Frazier and Emily Huesby knocked in one each to end the third with W-P up 39-15.

Although Touchet came back for its biggest quarter in the fourth, it was too late to grab the win.

Warner and Jose Christopher sank two more free throws each and Frazier, Huesby and Bekah Kraut contributed field goals in the 10-point final stanza.

The Indians held W-P to eight in the quarter.

Ronnie Hulce led W-P with 11 points. Genesis Pearson had 10, Kristin Potter scored nine and Hafen had seven.

"We have to play like we did the last quarter and a half," Giusti said of his Indians girls. "That intensity and playing smart. We're not going to out-height anyone. We didn't give up, and that game will be huge for us going into league play."

The Indians host Garfield-Palouse Friday.

W-P is 6-0 overall, 3-0 in league, and hosts Asotin in league Friday.

Waitsburg-Prescott 47, Touchet 25

W-P - Hafen 3-7 1-1 7, Potter 4-8 1-2 9, Pearson 5-11 0-0 10, Hulce 5-7 1-1 11, Harris 2-7 0-0 4, Withers 2-6 0-0 2, Baker 1-3 0-2 2, Huxoll 0-1 0-0 0, Doepker 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 21-59 5-11 48.

TOUCHET - Warner 1-2 4-5 7, Kraut 3-8 1-2 7, Frazier 6-11 3-6 9, Christopher 2-6 1-5 5, Huesby 2-4 0-2 4, Intinarelli 0-4 0-3 0, Cheshire 0-1 0-0 0, Sturm 0-1 0-0 0, Creek 0-0 0-0 0, Gutierrez 0-0 0-0 0, Sewell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 8-37 9-24 25.

W-P 10 18 11 8 - 47

Touchet 5 6 4 10 - 25

3-point goals - none. Total fouls - W-P 22, Tou 14. Fouled out - Harris (W-P). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - W-P 32, Tou 26. Turnovers - W-P 23, Tou 23.

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