Touchet girls stopped by Rosalia free throws

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ROSALIA — Touchet’s run to the Washington Class 1B-8 state championship game in December postponed the Indians’ Southeast 1B League game against Rosalia.

That meant a long Tuesday night trip to face the Spartans, and for the Touchet girls the night got longer with a 44-41 loss.

The Indians fell behind early, trailing 25-11 at halftime. But they outscored Rosalia 19-5 in the third quarter to tie it up, and took a fourth-quarter lead.

But foul trouble caught up with Touchet down the stretch, and the Indians had just three players on the court when the final buzzer sounded.

“We had a slow start,” Touchet coach Missy McKeown said. “Everywhere on the court we beat them, except for free throws. The slow start, and free throws, that hurt. With a good team like that, you can’t spot them 14 points. It’s tough to come back.”

Cierra Jo McKeown led the Touchet comeback, scoring 28 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and stealing 10 balls before fouling out with two minutes remaining. She was one of four Indians to foul out in the final three minutes.

Rosalia hit 21-of-27 free throws in the game.

Touchet, at 9-9 overall and 6-8 in SE1B play, play a Tekoa-Oakesdale Friday and at Liberty Christian on Saturday.

Rosalia 44, Touchet 41

TOUCHET (41 — McKeown 11 3-5 28, Aceves 3 0-0 8, Sorrell Horse 0 1-2 1, Miller 0 0-0 0, Grudzinski 1 0-2 2, Richardz 0 0-0 0 Schaeffer 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 4-9 41.

ROSALIA (44) — Jenson 0 0-0 0, St. Carrouthers 4 1-4 12, Beach 4 2-4 10, Reddish 1 8-12 12, Hereford 0 0-0 0, Naught 0 0-0 0, Charles 1 3-5 5, Sh. Carrouthers 2 1-2 5, Shrode 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 21-27 44.

Touchet 5 6 19 11 — 41

Rosalia 13 12 5 14 — 44

3-point goals — Tou 5 (McKeown 3, Aceves 2), Ros 3 (St. Carothers 3). Total fouls — Tou 23, Ros 15. Fouled out — Tou (McKoewn , Aceves, Miller, Grudzinski). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Tou 27 (McKeown 11), Ros 26 (Sh. Carrouthers 9). Turnovers — Tou 16, Ros 20. Assists — Tou 8 (Schaeffer 3), Ros 9 (Reddish 5).

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