WELCH — The Welch girls scored a three-peat at their own basketball tournament, but it was far from a masterpiece.
The sluggish Lady Wildcats ground out a 59-38 victory over Wyandotte in the championship game of the Kenneth Sooter Invitational basketball tournament here Monday.
“It was definitely ugly,” Welch coach Shawn Goodwin said. “We just came in flat. Our pressure defense and full-court stuff, we really never got going that would lead to some transition buckets to really put the pressure on.”
The Lady Wildcats were able to extend their zone defense some in the second half, creating some easy baskets
“We hit some big shots and hit some outside shots transition-wise,” Goodwin said. “It’s kinda what we’ve been doing. It just took us a half of the game to do it.”
Goodwin thought his team was flat because of having to delay the championship game from Saturday due to bad weather.
The game was postponed from Saturday night due to the wintry weather that plowed through the area.
Only the seventh-place games were played before the rest of the day’s schedule was scrapped.
The Watts girls rolled past Copan 45-27 while the Quapaw boys nipped Welch 46-43.
Only the two championship games were played Monday.
Wyandotte posted a 50-33 win over Fairland to take the boys’ title.
“I think that factored in, kinda the letdown of being ready to play,” Goodwin said. “We had already pre-gamed Saturday. We didn’t come in yesterday (Sunday). We basically just walked in tonight (and played). You could tell.”
The Lady Wildcats were unable to put Wyandotte in the rearview mirror until the final 30 seconds of the first half.
Two free throws by Tarrah Stephens and a put back by Linnea Cox got Wyandotte within seven, 21-14, with 47.9 seconds remaining.
But a free throw and two buckets by Aspen Wood bumped the lead to 26-14.
Each team got 12 points in the third quarter then Welch held a 21-12 edge over the final eight minutes to nail down its sixth win in seven games.
Tournament MVP Olivia Chenoweth had a game-high 19 points for the Lady Wildcats.
She was joined in double figures by Hailey Haskell with 11 and Aspen Wood with 10.
Others scoring for Welch were Jaeli Jorgenson with nine, Ashlee Morgan with six and Jayci Atwood with four.
Wyandotte (3-3) got 16 points from Tarrah Stephens and 15 from Aranda Nair.
Makinzie Powell added five points, followed by Elizabeth Mensink with four, Lynnea Cox, three, and Katie Hart, two.
Jorgenson, Haskell, Wood, Stephens and Nair were named to the all-tournament team by Haley Waldrop, Watts; MaKinsey Thomasson, Quapaw; Morgan Ballard, Commerce; Kassidy West, Foyil, and Breanne Johnson, Fairland.