Touchet scores victory in double OT thriller

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TOUCHET - It took an extra eight minutes and a few agonizing missed free throws that could have iced the game, but Touchet's girls basketball team eventually got the win at home over Tekoa-Oakesdale here Friday night 68-64 in double overtime.

The Indians (3-8, 2-3 in the Southeast 1B League) rolled out to a double-figure halftime lead and looked to be in control, but Tekoa-Oakesdale chipped away and managed to even take a brief advantage in the fourth quarter before Touchet regained the lead in the closing seconds.

However, the first of two T-O last-second shots prolonged the game.

"We definitely had our chances to close them out," said Touchet coach Mike Giusti said. "They caught a little fire in the second half, and we just didn't make our free throws until that second overtime."

In the second overtime, Carley Frazier came through at the stripe for Touchet, hitting 3-of-4, to end the marathon.

The Indians were led by 20 points from Kristen Warner, while Alex Overton of the Nighthawks was the game's high scorer with 27 points.

"We ran only six girls out there tonight, so to make it through a double-overtime game against a team that pushed and pressed the whole time is a great accomplishment," Giusti said. "The girls held it together even when they kept coming at us, and they'll be ready to go for the next game."

The Indians hosted Rosalia Saturday in another SE1B counter.

Touchet 68, Tekoa-Oakesdale 64

TEKOA-OAKESDALE (64) - Lindgren 2 0-0 5, Perry 5 1-1 13, O'Brien 0 0-0 0, Dub 1 3-6 5, Wilson 1 0-0 2, Martson 0 0-0 0, Overton 11 5-6 27, Angelo 0 0-0 0, Mendoza 3 0-0 6, Pluff 0 0-1 0, Haxton 3 0-0 6, Madison 0 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 9-14 64.

TOUCHET (68) - Intinarelli 3 2-4 8, Frazier 3 10-20 16, Christopher 2 7-10 11, Gutierrez 1 0-0 2, Warner 7 6-13 20, Huesby 4 3-6 11. Totals 20-57 28-53 68.

T-O 18 6 16 15 9 0 - 64

Tou 23 11 7 14 9 4 - 68

3-point goals - T-O (Perry 2, Lindgren), Tou 0. Total fouls - T-O 31, Tou 12. Fouled out - T-O (Martson, Overton, Mendoza). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - T-O 28, Tou 43. Turnovers - T-O 25, Tou 18.

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