High School Sports

Toure's 33 leads Kamiakin over Kennewick

Kamiakin's Khadidja Toure was feeling under the weather Saturday.

That didn't stop the junior from scoring a career-high 33 points in a 61-40 CBBN 3A victory at Kennewick.

Toure didn't start the game, because coach Tammy Hutchison didn't know what her star's energy level would be after being sick all day Saturday.

Apparently, her energy was just fine as she scored in pretty much every conceivable way.

"Like I've said before, she is just an exceptional, well-rounded player," Hutchison said. "She gets quite a few points off of her defensive containment, and she's beginning to become a good outside shooter."

Toure entered the game about halfway through the first quarter and left with 2 minutes remaining in the game. In between she scored on layups, pull-up jumpers, 3-pointers and free throws.

"I just took what they gave me," she said. "They weren't getting up on me, so I just went for it."

Toure said she had no idea if her 33 points was a career-high. She also said she doesn't keep track during games and didn't realize how many points she had.

That's OK, everyone else in the gym knew.

"We expected that -- she drives really well," Kennewick coach Tarah Staton said. "You know she's gonna get her points ..."

Toure had six points in the first quarter, 10 in the second, 11 in the third and six in the fourth. But it was in the third when she helped blow the game wide open.

After six Angelique Whistocken points, the Lions were suddenly within 33-25 with 4:08 left in the quarter.

But then the Braves' pressure turned up a notch, and the Lions wilted.

Toure had three steals that led to layups over the next 3 minutes, as Kennewick turned the ball over four consecutive trips down the floor.

"We did a good job running our press," Toure said. "We executed well on defense."

Toure's younger sister, Sira, added a putback and a jumper, and Khadidja had a pull-up to complete the 14-0 run to close the third quarter.

"I wanted to mix things up," Hutchison said. "We would run the full-court press, switch to a zone, and then when they were least expecting it, run a half-court trap to keep them off balance."

The plan worked, as Kennewick committed 24 turnovers and struggled to get into any offensive flow.

KAMIAKIN -- Kaylee Nelson 0 0-0 0, Krista Beach 1 0-0 3, Courtney Nelson 6 3-7 16, Amanda Miller 0 0-0 0, Sira Toure 4 0-0 8, Khadidja Toure 15 2-4 33, Melanie Oord 0 1-2 1, Lauren McKinney 0 0-0 0, Gabby Kurz 0 0-0 0, Jazlyn Robertson 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 6-13 61.

KENNEWICK -- Kim Sanders 2 2-4 7, Angelique Whistocken 7 3-6 17, Kim Harrod 4 1-7 9, Ashley Kump 2 1-2 5, Janey Valerio 1 0-0 2, Sami Nielson 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 7-19 40.

Kamiakin 12 17 18 14 -- 61

Kennewick 7 10 8 15 -- 40

3-point goals -- Kamiakin 3 (Beach, C. Nelson, K. Toure), Kennewick 1 (Sanders). Total fouls -- Kamiakin 20, Kennewick 14. Fouled out -- none. Rebounds -- Kamiakin 37 (S. Toure 7), Kennewick 28 (Whistocken 6). Turnovers -- Kamiakin 14, Kennewick 24.