FAIRLAND – Welch and Fairland split season openers here Friday, Nov. 17.
The Welch girls rolled to a 77-29 victory then Fairland’s boys romped to a 62-28 decision.
Welch 77, Fairland 29
The Lady Wildcats, with all five starters back from last year’s 18-8 team that reached a Class A area tournament, broke out to a 26-11 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
“The kids played hard,” Welch coach Shawn Goodwin said. “It was sloppy, but defensively we got after it. We hit some shots, too.”
Welch rolled into the half with a 41-17 advantage, then outscored the Lady Owls 18-2 in the third quarter.
The Lady Cats also held a 17-9 advantage in the fourth.
Olivia Chenoweth had 15 points and Hailey Haskell added 12 for Welch.
Others scoring for the Lady Wildcats were Jayci Atwood with nine, Halle Rupert with eight, Aspen Wood and Olivia Pitcher with seven each, Maddi Schaper with six, Jaeli Jorgenson and Aspen Wood with five each and Saylar Hayward with two.
Nikki Dingle scored 16 points for Fairland.
Cierra Allen added five points, Cayden Harper had three and Brooke Tudor and Kelby Vannoster chipped in with two each for the Lady Owls.
Fairland 62, Welch 28
Three players scored in double figures for the Owls, who jumped out to a 14-0 lead.
Cole Cawlfield led the way with 16 points and James Morris and Isaac Mathews added 14 and 13, respectively.
“The kids played hard,” Fairland coach Kent Marshall said. “’We still have so much to work on, but the effort was there. It was a very good start to our season.”
The Owls held a 19-10 lead into intermission then outscored Welch 15-10 and 13-6 in the second half.
Fairland also got nine points from Thatcher Smalley, seven from Trey Martin, five from Cayden Elliott and two each from Brian Padberg and Jose Garcia.
Braxton Channel was the Wildcats’ top scorer with 11 points.
Seth Hayward had five, Nate Beaty and Trenton Seigel hit three each and Dalton Duede and Daniel Windle chipped in with two each.
Welch travels to Wyandotte on Nov. 28.
Fairland is idle until Dec. 1, when it travels to Quapaw.