Touchet girls win District 9 1B tournament opener

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ST. JOHN, Wash. — Touchet’s girls turned up their defense without picking up the fouls that have plagued them all season, and handed St. John-Endicott a 57-39 District 9 1B Tournament defeat here Wednesday night.

The Indians now head to Tekoa-Oakesdale at 6 p.m. Friday. If they win there, they play in Colfax on Feb. 21 against an opponent to be determined; a loss would put them in a game on Tuesday, also at Colfax against a team to be determined.

On Wednesday, the Eagles tried to shut down Touchet’s Cierra Jo McKeown, putting two players on her at the start.

“Everybody else (on the Indians’ squad) hit key baskets,” Indians coach Malissa McKeown said of the start, “and he (St. John-Endicott’s coach), had to get out of that.”

With Touchet building an early 10-0 lead, the Indians cleaned up their defensive game to enjoy a 32-18 halftime lead. They committed just 13 fouls, to the Eagles’ 20.

“One of our main objectives was to clean it up on defense,” coach McKeown said. “We wanted to play good defense without fouling. For us, that’s a big difference. We really picked it up on defense.

“Everybody was firing on the same cylinder, we worked really well as a team,” she said. “It was a really good team effort.”

Cierra Jo McKeown got loose for a triple-double, scoring a game-high 32 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and stealing 13 Eagle balls.

“Everything was working for us last night,” coach McKeown said. “It was a very good team effort.”

Touchet 57, St. John-Endicott 39

TOUCHET (57) — McKeown 11 8-12 32, Aceves 4 0-0 8, Big Sorrow Horse 0 0-0 0, Miller 2 2-4 6, Pedroza 0 1-2 1, Grudzinski 1 1-1 3, Richarz 1 1-1 3, Schaeffer 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 13-20 57.

ST. JOHN-ENDICOTT (39) — S. Bailey 2 0-0 5, McCanna 0 0-0 0, A. Bailey 2 0-0 4, Gfeller 2 0-0 4, Goorfield 3 5-6 12, Harrington 0 0-0 0, Lowe 4 1-8 9, E. Bailey 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 5-6 5, Ray 0 0-0 0, Rice 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 11-20 39.

Touchet 16 16 15 10 — 57

St. John-End 8 10 8 13 — 39

3-point goals — Tou 2 (McKeown 2), St. J-End 2 (S. Bailey, Goorfield). Total fouls — Tou 13, St. J-End 20. Fouled out — Tou (Miller). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Tou 28, (McKeown 10), St. J-End 27 (Lowe 12). Turnovers — Tou 20, St. J-End 26. Assists — Tou 12 (McKeown 6), St. J-End 4 (Jones 2).

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