Indian girls pick up SE1B win over Tigercats

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WALLA WALLA - Touchet's girls came out on top of a defensive battle with Lacrosse-Washtucna Tuesday night, grabbing their first Southeast 1B win of the year with the 35-24 victory.

Nine of their 11-point win margin came from the free-throw line.

"We got to the free-throw line way more than they did," said Touchet coach Mike Giusti.

Jose Christopher led the Indians with 16 points on the night, but usual leading scorer Carley Frazier helped spark offensive runs despite scoring no points, he said.

The Indians came out strong, hitting their first five shots and closing the quarter with a 15-2 lead.

Lacrosse-Washtucna managed eight point to Touchet's six in the second stanza to go into the half down 21-10.

The third and fourth quarters were both dead even at 14 points per team to close the game.

"We played hard defensively all night," said Giusti. Hillary Intinarelli led the defensive effort in shutting down L-C's point guard, he said. Lacrosse-Washtucna shot 12-48.

"To hold them to 25 percent is pretty significant," he said. "And in the first half especially, we kept them off the boards."

L-W mounted a run midway through the fourth to close within nine points, but could get no closer.

"We got the ball inside a couple of times and made a couple shots and free throws," Giusti said.

The Indians moved to 2-8 overall and 1-5 in league with the win.

"Our girls are starting to learn to play even harder," Giusti said. "That's a goal - to continue to play harder."

Touchet hosts Tekoa-Oakesdale Friday.

Touchet 35, L-W 24

TOUCHET (35) - Intineralli 1 1-2 3, Frazier 0 0-0 0, Josie Christopher 6 4-7 16, Gutierrez 0 0-0 0, Sturm 1 0-0 2, Warner 4 2-5 10, Huesby 1 2-5 4. Totals 13-38 9-19 35.

L-W (24) - Goude 0 0-0 0, Burke 3 0-0 6, Kiesz 0 0-01 0, Weekes 1 0-0 2, Bennett 2 0-0 4, Fleming 0 0-0 0, Harder 6 0-4 12. Totals 12-48 0-5 24.

Touchet 15 6 4 10

L-W 2 8 4 10

3-point goals - none. Total fouls - Touchet 14, L-W 14, Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Touchet 32, L-W 28. Turnovers - Touchet 18, L-W 18.

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