Touchet girls earn redemption on Pioneers

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TOUCHET - The Touchet girls earned a little redemption here Tuesday night, picking up a 53-44 victory over visiting Mac-Hi - the Indians' first victory over another team besides Helix - and recovering from a 44-13 beating suffered at the hands of Mac-Hi at its home court on Dec. 21.

Kristen Warner scored 18 points to lead the Indians; Harlie Schaffer scored 13; but the story of the night was Touchet's physicality in the paint which led to 33 personal fouls on the Pioneers and five Pioneers fouling out.

"We started out shooting lights out," Touchet coach Mike Giusti said of the Indians' 11-of-12 free throw shooting in the first quarter. "One of the things we try and do is go to the basket. We're not as good of a shooting team as we were in the first quarter,"

The Indians converted on 24-of-54 free throws on the night.

Makia Carlson led the Pioneers with 18 points.

"Overall we didn't have a good night," Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said. "Nothing could go our way. We missed 19 layins or blocked shots that killed us that first quarter.

"We were lazy at times on defense which caused us to get in foul problems and put them to the line shooting easy baskets," she said. "We have to do a better job on defense and make adjustments on our offense."

Giusti was proud of the Indians, who, with the victory, have improved to 3-9 on the season (0-6 in the Southeast 1B).

"It's just really heartening to see some of our kids who really struggled this year come on and start to enjoy some success," Giusti said. "It's fun to see them have fun."

The Indians face Tekoa-Oakesdale in Tekoa Friday at 6 p.m. and travel to Rosalia Saturday at 5 p.m.

Touchet 53, Mac-Hi 44

MAC-HI (44) - Fife 1 1-1 3, Trevino 0 0-0 0, Correa 1 0-0 2, Kessler 0 2-7 2, Erm 0 1-2 1, Brannon 0 2-3 2, Avery Wells 4 2-2 13, Carlson 7 4-4 18, Vaughan 1 1-2 3, Ureno 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 0-0 0. Totals 14-56 13-21 44.

TOUCHET (53) - Makaila Cheshire 4 4-10 13, Downing 1 2-4 2, Cardwell 0 3-6 3, Kristen Warner 6 6-12 18, Sturm 0 2-6 2, Creek 0 0-0 0, Harlie Schaffer 3 7-16 13. Totals 14-41 24-54 53.

Mac-Hi 4 14 15 11 - 44

Touchet 19 7 11 16 - 53

3-point goals - Mac 3 (Wells 3), Tou 1 (Cheshire). Total fouls - Mac 33, Tou 18 Fouled out - Mac 5 (Kessler Erm Brannon Wells Carlsen**), Tou (Sturm). Technical fouls - Mac 1 (Ureno). Rebounds - Mac 31 (Kessler 10), Tou 29 (Warner 13). Turnovers - Mac 27, Tou 21.

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