McKeown triple-doubles in Touchet victory over Patriots

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TOUCHET — Cierra Jo McKeown had a rare triple-double to lead Touchet past Liberty Christian, 46-32, Tuesday in a Southeast 1B girls basketball game.

McKeown nearly hit a quadruple-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals and six assists.

Touchet traied the Patriots 15-14 at the half.

“Everybody was dead and stagnant out there in the first half,” Touchet coach Malisa McKeown said.

Liberty Christian expanded its lead to three, 30-27, to end the third but Touchet owned the fourth quarter.

Coach McKeown credited a defensive adjustment for Touchet’s 19-2 run over the final period.

“We changed our defense at halftime from zone to man-to-man,” McKeown explained. “It started to work in the third and in the fourth period things really started clicking.

“Our defense really keyed our offense,” she said. “We had 13 team steals and only one in the first half. We picked up the tempo and that’s what we needed.”

Kristen Warner added 11 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

“It took a total team effort to come back tonight,” McKeown said. “Liberty Christian is toward the bottom (of the SE1B standings), but they’re not just a team that you come in and think they’re going to be easy to beat. It was a double-digit point difference last time we beat them but we had to work a little harder this time.”

The Indians (12-5, 9-4 SE 1B) visit Pomeroy Friday and host Tekoa-Oakesdale Saturday. Both games will tip off at 6 p.m.

TOUCHET 46, LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 32

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (32) — Horn 0 0-0 0, Moore 1 0-0 3, Lora 1 0-0 3, Higgins 1 4-6 6, Ama. Schmitt 6 2-3 15, Amb. Schmitt 1 0-0 2, Monteith 0 2-2 2, Soure 0 1-2 1, Kelly 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 10-16 32.

TOUCHET(46) — Chesire 0 0-0 0, McKeown 11 4-6 28, Aceves 2 0-0 4, Miller 1 0-0 2, Gutierrez 0 1-2 1, Cardwell 0 0-0 0, Warner 4 3-6 11, Schaeffer 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 8-14 46.

LC 7 8 15 2 — 32

Touchet 10 4 13 19 — 46

3-point goals — LC 2 (Moore, Ama. Schmitt), Tou 2 (McKeown 2). Total fouls — LC 15, Tou 17. Fouled out — Touchet (Chesire, Aceves). Technical fouls — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — LC 22 (Amb. Schmidtt 9) Tou 27 (Warner 11). Assists — LC 2, Tou 7 (McKeown 6). Turnovers — LC 22, Tou 21.

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