Rosalia holds off Touchet boys in district play


ROSALIA — It was too much Craig Nelson and Rosalia free throws for the Touchet boys here Thursday in the first round of the District 9 1B Tournament, as the home team held off the Indians, 54-47.

The double elimination tournament now moves to Colfax, where Touchet (12-9 overall, 9-8 in SE1B play) faces LaCrosse-Washtucna/Kahlotus on Tuesday. Colton defeated L-W/K, 71-25, on Thursday to set up the showdown.

On Thursday, the Indians had no answer for Nelson, who scored 33 points in Rosalia’s victory.

And the Spartans hit 8-of-12 free throws in the fourth quarter.

“It basically came down to free throws again,” Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. “That’s been our whole story. Most of the games we’ve lost, we’ve lost by free throws. We’re never blown out, it’s just not getting to the line and taking care of business.”

The game remained close throughout after Rosalia’s 15-6 lead after the first quarter.

“The first part of the game was all fumble-fingers,” McKeown said of the Indians.

But Nelson was the real problem for Touchet. He scored 23 and 25 points against the Indians as the teams split regular-season games, and topped those numbers Thursday.

“We didn’t have an answer for him,” McKeown said. “We’d double down on him, and either be fouled, or step back, fade away and nothing but the bottom of the net. What do you do? It’s one of those games a kid’s on. Whatever he throws up goes in.

“My kids played hard, that’s how they are,” he said. “We just made bad mistakes at bad times.”

Elias Martinez led the Indians with 14 points, with Ruben Butler putting up 13.

Now, the Indians face a loser-out contest Tuesday in Colfax.

“We can play anybody, and beat anybody, at any time,” McKeown said. “We just have to come to play. We need our confidence back.”

Rosalia 54, Touchet 47

TOUCHET (47) — Con. Mckeown 1 0-0 3, Col. McKeown 1 2-2 4, Butler 6 1-2 13, Martinez 5 4-8 14, E. Rincon 1 0-0 2, Carson 2 0-0 4, C. Rincon 2 2-2 7, . Totals 18 9-14 47.

ROSALIA (54) — Nelson 12 6-8 33, Shelton 1 2-4 4, Jacobs 3 0-0 7, Maley 1 3-4 5,Brown 1 2-4 5, Engel 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 13-20 54.

Touchet 6 11 11 19 — 47

Rosalia 15 7 13 19 — 54

3-point goals — Tou 2 (Con. McKeown, C. Rincon), Ros 5 (Nelson 3, Jacobs, Brown). Total fouls — Tou 18, Ros 14. Fouled out — Tou (Col. McKeown). Technical fouls — Ros (Nelson). Rebounds — Tou 38 (Carson 12), Ros 23 (Nelson 6). Turnovers — Tou 18, Ros 10. Assists — Tou 7 (Col. McKeown 2, Martinez 2), Ros 8 (Maley 4).


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