McKeown, Wujek lead Touchet, DeSales girls to wins

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WALLA WALLA — Touchet’s Cierra Jo McKeown and Allison Wujek of DeSales were among the girls basketball stars that shined the brightest Thursday during the opening session of the annual D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic in the Irish gym.

McKeown scored 24 points — 12 in the second quarter — to lead the Indians to a 42-23 victory over Waitsburg-Prescott.

Wujek tallied nine of her game-high 13 points in period two as the defending Classic champion Irish stormed their way to a 49-22 triumph over Weston-McEwen in a rematch of the 2011 Classic championship game.

In another Classic contest played Thursday, University Prep toppled Valley Christian, 67-21.

Today’s tournament schedule will feature a matchup between Weston-McEwen and Waitsburg-Prescott at noon, DeSales opposes Valley Christian at 3:30, and Touchet faces University Prep at 7. The winners of the latter two contests will meet for the tourney title on Saturday at 4 p.m.

DeSales 49, W-M 22

The Irish forced 50 TigerScot turnovers while improving their record to 6-1 and dropping Weston-McEwen to 7-3.

Molli Lesko and Hannah Leahy followed Wujek in the scoring column with nine points apiece for DeSales.

In all, eight Irish players scored at least one point in the game.

“Our transition offense off turnovers was not very good,” DeSales coach Tim Duncan said. “But it’s going to get better.

“Our teams (historically) have always been unselfish,” Duncan said. “This team falls in with that.”

Defensively, DeSales limited the TigerScots to 19 percent shooting (7-of-37) from the field including just 2-of-11 from 3-point range.

“This defensive effort was as good as we’ve had in a long time,” Duncan said. “We got after it at the defensive end.”

Marlene Bodmer led Weston-McEwen with eight points.

“Having a few days off wasn’t great,” W-M coach Amber Doremus said. “We had zero assists. Part of that was DeSales’ defense. They didn’t shoot well from the outside, but they ran the floor well.

“We did get better as the game progressed,” Doremus said.

Touchet 42, W-P 23

McKeown’s big second quarter helped the Indians (6-2) fashion a 25-8 halftime lead.

Touchet held W-P (2-6) to only two first-half field goals and seven for the game in 45 attempts (16 percent).

“We played well,” Touchet coach Missy McKeown said. “We still have some things we need to work on. We need to take care of the ball better (19 turnovers). We don’t usually throw the ball away like that.”

Kristen Warner proved to be a big reason for the Indians’ 53-35 rebounding advantage. She snared a game-high 19.

Krystal Harris scored nine points to lead W-P.

“We didn’t come out ready to play,” W-P coach Jerry Baker said. “That’s the worst we’ve played all year. We were outplayed and outhustled, but we competed better in the second half.”

DeSales 49, Weston-McEwen 22

WESTON-MCEWEN (22) — Entze 0-0 0-0 0, Christopher 0-2 1-2 1, Rudolph 0-2 1-2 1, Coffman 0-4 1-2 1, Carlin 1-3 0-0 2, Dearing 1-4 0-0 2, von Borstel 2-9 1-5 5, Shepard 0-2 2-2 2, Thompson 0-2 0-0 0, Penney 0-1 0-0 0, Bodmer 3-8 0-2 8. Totals 7-37 6-15 22.

DESALES (49) — B. Lyons 0-1 0-0 0, Acock 1-4 1-2 3, Conley 1-2 0-0 2, Lesko 4-8 1-2 9, Al. Lyons 0-5 1-2 1, Wujek 6-9 1-1 13, Leahy 4-4 0-0 9, Crowley 3-6 2-2 8, As. Lyons 2-8 0-0 4, Lizardi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-48 6-9 49.

Weston-McEwen 3 6 11 2 — 22

DeSales 9 14 15 11 — 49

3-point goals — Weston-McEwen 2-11 (Bodmer 2-4, Carlin 0-1, Penney 0-1, Dearing 0-2, Coffman 0-3), DeSales 1-15 (Leahy 1-1, B. Lyons 0-1, Al. Lyons 0-1, Wujek 0-1, Aycock 0-2, Lesko 0-4, As. Lyons 0-5). Total fouls—Weston-McEwen 10, DeSales 16. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Weston-McEwen 36 (von Borstel 10), DeSales 33 (Conley 5). Turnovers—Weston-McEwen 50, DeSales 37.

Touchet 42, Waitsburg-Prescott 23

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (23) — Hofer 1-10 0-0 2, Moss 0-2 1-2 1, Brannock 0-4 3-4 3, Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Deal 0-5 1-2 1, Fuentes 2-5 0-0 4, Harris 3-4 1-1 9, Dorman 0-1 0-0 0, Xaudaro 0-1 0-0 0, Fedderson 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 7-45 7-11 23.

TOUCHET (42) — Cheshire 1-7 0-0 2, McKeown 9-25 2-2 24, Aceves 2-9 0-0 4, Big Sorrel Horn 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 1-1 1-2 3, Cardwell 0-0 0-0 0, Warner 1-11 4-8 6, Gutierrez 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 15-55 8-14 42.

Waitsburg-Prescott 6 2 6 9 — 23

Touchet 13 12 6 11 — 42

3-point goals — Waitsburg-Prescott 2-9 (Harris 2-6, Deal 0-1, Hofer 0-2), Touchet 4-14 (McKeown 4-11, Warner 0-1, Aceves 0-2). Total fouls—Waitsburg-Prescott 12, Touchet 13. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Waitsburg-Prescott 35 (Hofer 6), Touchet 53 (Warner 19). Turnovers—Waitsburg-Prescott 21, Touchet 19.

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