Touchet girls fall in opening round of districts

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TOUCHET — Rosalia’s Mackenzie Reddish scored 29 points to lead her team over Touchet, 48-41, Wednesday night in the first round of the District 9 1B girls basketball tournament.

“She (Reddish) had a good game,” Touchet coach Malisa McKeown said. “She had a really good game.”

Cierra Jo McKeown led the Indians with 13 points and seven steals.

Forward Kristen Warner had 10 points and four boards.

Kayla Gutierrez had seven points, Makaila Chesire scored six points and seven rebounds, and Jennifer Aceves had five points.

“Throughout the game, defensively, we had a few mental breakdowns and we didn’t hit all of the open shots that we needed,” coach McKeown said. “When we had the breakdowns, they made the shot. They capitalized on our mistakes very well.”

Touchet drops into the consolation bracket with the loss and must win two games to take the district’s third seed to regionals.

Touchet plays the winner of St. John-Endicott versus Tekoa-Oakesdale in Colfax Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s game was tied at 20 at halftime and Touchet held a 33-31 lead going into the fourth quarter.

But Reddish scored 10 points on a two field goals and a 5-of-5 performance at the free-throw line to lead Rosalia in the 17-8 fourth.

“I don’t know what our shooting percentage was,” McKeown said, “but I know we had a lot of looks that we didn’t capitalize on. Another thing we didn’t do very well was block out. Offensively, we shoot one time and get one look then that would be it.”

Rosalia outrebounded Touchet 24-19 and limited the Indians to just six offensive rebounds.

Touchet had 10 team steals and forced 18 Rosalia turnovers while committing 17 turnovers themselves.

“The girls played hard,” McKeown said. “But we had some mental breakdowns.”

ROSALIA 48, TOUCHET 41

ROSALIA (48) — Sh. Carrothers 1 1-2 3, Sims 3 1-2 7, Reddish 8 11-13 29, St. John 2 0-0 5, St. Carrothers 2 0-0 4, Hereford 0 0-0 0, Charles 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 13-17 48.

TOUCHET (41) — Chesire 2 2-2 6, Warner 2 6-11 10, Gutierrez 2 3-4 7, McKeown 5 2-4 13, Aceves 1 2-2 5, Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 15-23 41.

Rosalia 14 6 11 17 — 48

Touchet 13 7 13 8 — 41

3-point goals — Ros 3 ( Reddish 2, St.John), Tou 2 (McKeown, Aceves). Total fouls — Ros 18, Tou 16. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Ros 24 (St. Carrothers 5), Tou 19 (Chesire 7). Assists — Tou 4 (Warner 3). Turnovers — Ros 18, Tou 17.

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