Indian girls' fourth-quarter rally falls short to Patriots, 49-46

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TOUCHET - Touchet went on a 19-9 fourth-quarter run but fell short of making a comeback as the Indian girls fell to Liberty Christian in Southeast 1B-2B interleague play Tuesday night, 49-46.

Kristen Warner, a 5-foot-8 forward/guard, accounted for the majority of the Touchet offense, scoring 29 points and grabbing 18 boards for a double-double.

"We just kind of hung in," Touchet coach Mike Giusti said. "We came with in two (46-44 with 1:30 to go) and just couldn't get over the hump. We missed some shots and had a turnover or two.

"Down 13 in the fourth quarter, it would have been really easy to give up and roll over, but we didn't," Giusti said. "We fought and clawed and didn't roll over."

Warner is one of the Indians' better ball-handlers - and post players - and thus handled the ball up the court much of the night before dropping down low.

"Kristen had a big night and we have to figure out how to get her the ball when it's clutch," Giusti said of the late rally. "We figure out how to get her to get the ball in situations like that and it could be a different game."

The loss drops Touchet 2-7 overall (0-4 in league).

Touchet visits Gar-Pal Friday at 6 p.m. and hosts Pomeroy Saturday at 5 p.m.

Liberty Christian 49, Touchet 46

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (49) - Loera 2 2-6 6, S. Croskre 2 1-5 5, D. Croske 5 0-0 10, Moore 6 2-4 14, Williams 2 0-0 4, Schmitt 2 0-0 4, Simmunds 3 0-0 6, Hadley 0 0-0 0. Totals 22-48 5-13 49.

TOUCHET (46) - Cheshire 2 0-0 4, Downing 2 0-0 4, Gutierrez 2 0-0 4, Cardwell 0 0-0 0, Warner 12 5-11 29, Sturm 0 0-0 0, Creek 0 1-1 1, Schafer 2 0-0 4. Totals 20-53 6-12 46.

Liberty Chrisitian 11 18 18 9 - 49

Touchet 6 11 10 19 - 46

3-point goals - none. Total fouls - L-C 17, Touchet 18. Fouled out - L-C none, Touchet 1 (Sturm). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - L-C 18 (Moore), Touchet 36 (Warner 18). Turnovers - L-C 8, Touchet 20.

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