TOUCHET - The Touchet Indians boys basketball team started off cold from the field, scoring only 12 points in the first half, to lose to the St.John-Endicott Eagles, 61-31, in Southeast 1B play Wednesday.
The Indians were outscored by the Eagles 36-12 in the first half, including a 16-4 first quarter. The Eagles only outscored the Indians 25-19 in the second half, but all the damage that was needed was done in the first.
"I told my team, ‘you're going to have to match St.John-Endicott point-for-point if you want to stay with them,' and we certainly didn't do that," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. "They (St. John-Endicott) are the No. 2 team in the league for a reason. The Eagles have some size and pass the ball really well. They didn't need to shoot a lot of 3-pointers because we gave them too many shots inside and we missed layins ourselves - quite a few of them."
The Indians made three from downtown while the Eagles made only two. The 3-pointers for Touchet were made by Eric Hines, Octavio Preciado and Colter McKeown. St. John-Endicott bombed away from 3-point range with Zach Hollingsworth and Dakota White.
In free-throw shooting, the Eagles had a 15-of-17 showing, for 88.2 percent. The Indians only shot 14 and made 10 for 71.4 percent.
St.John-Endicott also made 14 more field goals than Touchet, a 23-9 clip.
Leading all rebounders was White with eight boards and the Eagles had 35 total. The Indians' Will Huesby had six of Touchet's 24 total rebounds.
St.John-Endicott had four players in double figures with Joey Kucklick the top scorer with 14 points.
The Indians had just one player in double figures, Huesby with 10, and Eric Hines added seven points.
The turnover battle was won by Touchet as the Indians forced 16 Eagles miscues on nine steals. The Indians turned the ball over just 12 times on seven steals by the Eagles.
Vicente Flores had four steals for the Indians, and Cole McCanna with four for the Eagles.
St.John-Endicott had eight assists, with four from McCanna, and Touchet had five team assists.
Coach McKeown hasn't missed the playoffs in his 15 years at Touchet and he hopes that string doesn't end this season.
"Four out of the five next teams are beatable, but we've just got to figure ourselves out first," KcKeown said. "I wish my boys would show up."
The Indians play again at LaCrosse-Washtucna Friday. Their current league record stands at 2-7.
St.John-Endicott 61, Touchet 31
ST.JOHN (61) - McCanna 4 1-1 9, Simon 3 4-5 10, Kucklick 7 0-0 14, Jones 3 4-4 10, Hollingsworth 5 0-0 11, White 1 4-5 7, Hudson 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 13-15 61.
TOUCHET (31) - McKeown, Colter 2 0-0 5, Huesby 2 6-8 10, Flores 1 2-2 4, Hines 2 2-4 7, McKeown, Conner 0 0-0 0, Martinez 0 0-0 0, Preciado 1 0-0 3, Carson 1 0-0 2. Totals 9 10-14 31.
St.John-Endicott 16 20 20 5 - 61
Touchet 4 8 13 6 - 31
3-point goals - St. John 2 (Kucklick, Hollingsworth), Touchet 3 (Hines, Preciado, McKeown, Colter). Total fouls - St. John 16, Touchet 10. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - St. John 35 (White 8), Touchet 24 (Huesby 6). Assists - St. John 8 (McCanna 4), Touchet 5. Turnovers - St. John 16, Touchet 12.