Touchet girls team loses, 77-49

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TEKOA — Foul trouble again bit the Touchet girls here Tuesday night in the final game of regular season, as the Indians fell 77-49 to Tekoa-Oakesdale.

The loss sends the sixth-seeded Indians to No. 3 St. John for a District 9 double elimination game at 6 p.m.tonight. If Touchet wins there, the Indians head back to Tekoa-Oakesdale Friday. A loss puts them into a game Tuesday, time and foe to be determined.

On Tuesday night, Touchet had 18 fouls to nine for the Nighthawks, with Harlie Schaeffer fouling out.

“It was not a very good game defensively,” Indians coach Malissa McKeown said. “We just didn’t come ready to play. We got into foul trouble fairly early. We sent them to the line 26 times (with 16 hit from the line). That’s been the story of the whole season.”

The Nighthawks put a box-and-one defense on Cierra Jo McKeown, holding her to 10 points. But McKeown did nab eight rebounds, tied with Abby Grudzinski for team-high.

Jennifer Aceves led Touchet with 19 points.

Now, the Indians (10-10 overall, 7-9 in Southeast 1B play) face an Eagles team they lost to twice this season.

Tekoa-OakesdalE 77, Touchet 49

TOUCHET (49) — McKeown 3 2-2 10, Aceves 7 0-0 1, Miller 1 0-0 2, Grudzinski 5 4-5 14, Richardz 1 0-0 2, Schaeffer 1 0-0 2, Pedroza 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 6-7 49.

TEKOA-OAKESDALE (77) — A. Lindgren 4 4-4 14, J. Johnson 4 5-8 14, M. Johnson 5 3-8 13, Dub 0 0-0 0, Pakootas 6 4-4 16, L. Lindgren 2 0-1 4, C. Mendoza 2 0-0 5, Groom 2 0-0 5, T. Mendoza 5 0-1 11. Totals 28 16-26 77.

Touchet 9 12 15 12 — 49

T-O 19 22 17 19 — 77

3-point goals — Tou 7 (McKeown 2, Aceves 5), T-O 5 (A. Lindgren 2, J. Johnson, C. Medonza, Groom). Total fouls — Tou 18, T-O 9. Fouled out — Tou (Schaeffer). Technical fouls — T-O (bench). Rebounds — Tou 22 (Grudzinski 8, McKeown 8), T-O 26 (C. Mendoza 7). Turnovers — Tou 23, T-O 13. Assists — Tou 16 (McKeown 8), T-O 20 (Groom 4).

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