Touchet’s zone helps Indian girls rally

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KAHLOTUS — Touchet’s girls had a lethargic start to their Southeast 1B League matchup with lowly Lacrosse-Washtucna/Kahlotus here Tuesday, falling behind 8-0 right off the bat.

But the Indians went to a zone defense late in the first quarter, and the offense found its feet as Touchet took the 58-34 victory.

“We had a slow start,” Indians coach Missy McKeown said. “We didn’t play a good first quarter, but we started picking it up as the first quarter was ending. We played a team that’s kind of at the bottom of our league, and we thought it’d be easy. It wasn’t. We played to their level.”

Even so, Touchet held a 16-10 lead after the opening stanza, and was up 34-19 at halftime. A 15-4 third-quarter edge sealed the victory.

CierraJo McKeown paced the Indians with 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals.

Jasmine Gordan led L-W/K with nine points.

Touchet, 6-5 in SE1B play and 9-6 overall, hosts Colton Friday and Pomeroy Saturday. The Indians opened SE1B play with loses to both teams earlier in the season. Colton is the top team in the league, and Touchet and the Pirates are battling for fourth place.

“We’ve improved since then,” coach McKeown said of the earlier losses. “Saturday is the big game. It’d be great to win Saturday.”

TOUCHET 58, L-W/K 34

TOUCHET (58) — McKeown 13 2-3 34, Aceves 3 1-2 8, Big Sorrel Horse 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Pedroza 0 1-2 1, Grudzinski 3 0-2 6, Richardzs 3 0-0 6, Schaefer 1 1-2 3. Totals 23 4-11 58.

L-W/K (34) — Ja. Guske 0 0-0 0, Webb 0 0-0 0, Miller 2 4-6 8, Harder 1 1-2 3, Ja. Gordan 3 3-4 9, Je. Guske 2 0-2 4, Brauert 2 0-1 4, Whinery 2 2-5 6, B. Gordan 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 10-20 34.

Touchet 16 18 15 9 — 58

L-W/K 10 9 4 11 — 34

3-point goals — Tou 7 (McKeown 6, Aceves), L-W/K none. Total fouls — Tou 12, L-W/K 13. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Tou 30 (McKeown 11), 36 (Whinery 11). Turnovers — Tou 19, L-W/K 22. Assists — Tou 14 (McKeown 6), L-W/K 6 (Brauert 2).

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