Eagles outfly Indian girls

Three Touchet players score in double figures, but St. John-Endicott wins the game 83-53.

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Touchet's Josie Christopher (right) comes to an abdrupt stop with the ball in her hands during the second half of their game against St. John-Endicott Tuesday evening.

TOUCHET - The Touchet Indians girls basketball team put 53 points on the board and had three girls in double figures scoring-wise, but were unable to keep up with the St.John-Endicott Eagles Wednesday, losing 83-53 in Southeast 1B action.

"St. John-Endicott really shot the ball well," Touchet coach Mike Giusti said. "I don't think we challenged shots particularly well, but they made shots. There is no getting around that. We are starting to come around on our intensity. We are trying to look to play better defense and look to run to score some easy baskets."

Scoring double digits for the Indians were Josie Christopher with 15 points, Kristen Warner with 14 and Kayla Gutierrez with 10.

The Eagles had five players score in double figures. They were led by Emily Jones with 16 points.

St.John-Endicott outscored Touchet 14-1 in the first three minutes of the game.

The Indians went on a 14-8 run to close the first quarter to cut the lead to seven by the end of the first period. In fact, the Indians would come as close as 29-25 in the second stanza after a 10-7 run to start the second period. The rest of the way in the second period the Indians were outscored 10-4.

St. John-Endicott led at halftime, 39-29.

The second half was all St.John-Endicott, though. The Eagles outscored the Indians 44-24.

"Our kids are learning a lot," Giusti said. "They are learning that defense is really important and they need to help each other out on defense. We are also learning that we need to block out and rebound better. But these kids are young, still. We don't have a senior on the team. The competition that these kids faced last year on jayvee is nothing like what they're facing this year. A lot of the other teams in league have many more returning varsity players."

The Indians did outrebound the Eagles, 32-29, led by 12 boards from Warner. Touchet lost the turnover battle, having 24 to just 10 for St.John-Endicott. The Eagles also had more assists, a tally of 15-7.

Touchet shot a lot of free throws and made more than half of them. The Indians were 17-of-28 for 60.7 percent. The Eagles were 7-of-12 for 58.3 percent.

Touchet is now 0-9 in league and needs to win three of its final five league games to have a shot at the playoffs, according to Giusti.

The Indians play at LaCrosse-Washtucna Friday.

St.John-Endicott 83, Touchet 53

ST. JOHN-END (83) - Van Lith 6 1-2 13, Schuster 1 1-2 3, Gfeller 6 2-2 14, Bafus 5 0-2 10, Jones 7 2-2 16, Porubek 3 0-0 6, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Bailey, A. 0 0-0 0, Siegel 5 0-0 10, Bailey, S. 2 1-2 5, McCanna 2 0-0 4. Totals 38 7-12 83.

TOUCHET (53) - Christopher 4 7-9 15, Chesire 1 3-6 5, Gutierrez 3 4-5 10, Downing 0 1-2 1, Warner 6 2-4 14, Sturm 1 0-2 2, Creek 1 0-0 2, Cardwell 1 0-0 2, Schaeffer 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 17-28 53.

St. John-End 22 17 22 22 - 83

Touchet 15 14 10 14 - 53

3-point goals - none. Total fouls - St.John 19, Touchet 8. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - St. John 29 (Gfeller 7), Touchet 32 (Warner 13). Assists - St.John 15 (Jones 3, GFeller 3, Van Lith 3), Touchet 7 (Christopher 2, Gutierrez 2). Turnovers - St.John 10, Touchet 24.

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