WELCH - A 26-9 advantage over the final two quarters allowed St. Paul, Kan., to claim a 51-29 victory over Commerce in the girls' championship game at the Kenneth Sooter Invitational basketball tournament.

“They have a good bunch of kids,” Commerce coach Michael Wilson said. “They are very fundamental and very disciplined. They just flat outplayed us. That's the bottom line.”

Foyil won the boys' title with a 46-41 victory over South Coffeyville.

The Welch girls finished third with a 62-32 romp over Watts and the Commerce boys claimed fifth by beating Welch 38-27.

In other games on the final night of play, it was Chetopa, Kan., 34, St. Paul 19 for third in the boys' bracket and White Oak 31, South Coffeyville 27 in the girls' fifth-place game.

IN seventh-place games, the Foyil girls dropped Chetopa 49-41 while Watts drilled White Oak 40-22.

The Lady Tigers fell behind 14-9 in the first quarter but pulled to within four points by intermission.

“We got in foul trouble early,” Wilson said. “Sharp (Johna Sharp) got her third early in the first quarter. We have a lineup that is used to playing with each other, and we never got anything going offensively. Then in the second half, she picked up her fourth early in the third and her fourth early in the fourth.”

St. Paul made its move in the third quarter with a 12-5 edge, then nailed down the win with a 14-4 run over the final eight minutes.

“Defensively, I was pleased with our first half,” Wilson said. “We held them to 24, but kinda let up during second half, and let it slip through our fingers.”

Madi Borum had 14 points to lead the scoring for St. Paul. She was joined in double figures by Breah Giefer with 10. Tournament MVP Jessica Tuck scored eight points.

Courtney Watson had 11 points to lead Commerce. Kourney Reading added eight points.

Boys' championship

The teams battled on even terms for one quarter then Foyil slowly started to pull away.

The Panthers held a 6-5 edge in the second period, outscored South Coffeyville 7-6 in the third and nailed down the win with a 21-18 run in the fourth.

Tournament MVP Taylor Antle scored 18 points to lead the way for the Panthers. Dillon Noland and Austin Hendrix scored nine each for Foyil.

J. Nash scored 13 and Seth Roeder added 10 for the Lions.

Girls' third place

The Wildcats stretched an eight-point first-quarter lead into a 31-14 halftime advantage.

Welch continued to pull away in the second half with 16-6 and 15-8 margins.

Three players scored in double figures for Welch, topped by Sierra Hankins with 14 points. Kalleigh Chrz finished with 13 and Katy McClurg added 10. Tay Kenworthy chipped in with nine points.

Jessica Chandler paced Watts with 10 points.

Boys' fifth place

Joey Powers and Jacob Fansler combined for 28 of the Wildcats' 38 points against Commerce.

The Wildcats led only 9-8 after the opening frame, then fell behind 15-11 at the break.

Welch held an 11-2 edge in the third period then nailed down the win with a 16-10 run in the fourth.

Powers finished with 18 points and Fansler added 10.

Matt Cook was the Tigers' leader with 13 points.

While Antle was the boys' MVP, he was joined on the all-tournament team by Noland, Powers, Luis Arizpe of Commerce, Roeder and Coby Stevens of South Coffeyville, Colby Kabrey and Steven Ahrens of Chetopa, Gerald Diskin of St. Paul and Dylan Edens of Watts.

The girls' all tournament team included Tuck, Borum, Reading, Watson, Chrz, Marlow, Nicole Stanley of Watts, Lacey Turney of South Coffeyville, Wendy Myers of White Oak and Tiffany Snyder of Foyil.

Boys championship

South Coffeyville 12 5 6 18 - 41

Foyil 12 6 7 21 - 46

South Coffeyville - Nash 13, Roeder 10, Stevens 9, Lee 6, Garretson 2, Kuehn 1.

Foyil - Antle 18, Noland 9, Hendrix 9, Ridgway 7, Simerly 2, Mount 1.

Girls' championship

Commerce 9 11 5 4 - 29

St. Paul, Kan. 14 10 12 14 - 51

Commerce - C. Watson 11, Reading 8, Allen 3, Knight 3, M. Watson 2, Sharp 2.

St. Paul - M. Borum 14, Giefer 10, Tuck 8, O'Brien 6, K. Borum 4, Westhoff 4, Harmon 2, E. O'Brien 2, Beachner 1.

Girls' third place

Watts 5 9 6 12 - 32

Welch 13 18 16 15 - 62

Watts - Chandler 10, Hogshooter 6, Pritchett 3, Crittenden 3, Huggins 3, H. Stanley 2, Wing 2, N. Stanley 2.

Welch - Hankins 14, Chrz 13, McClurg 10, Kenworthy 9, Chenoweth 8, Marlow 7, Jackson 1.

Boys' third place

Chetopa, Kan. 10 10 13 11 - 34

St. Paul, Kan. 5 2 4 5 - 16

Chetopa - Ahrens 15, Darnell 5, Wilson 5, Black 4, McKibben 3, Kabrey 3.

St. Paul - Schibi 7, Duskin 4, Winter 3, Giefer 2.

Girls' fifth place

South Coffeyville 9 8 4 6 - 27

White Oak 11 2 9 11 - 31

South Coffeyville - L. Turney 12, Nash 8, A. Turney 7.

White Oak - Leflore 12, Myers 8, Egnor 6, Hayes 2, Berend 2, Brown 1.

Boys' fifth place

Commerce 8 7 2 10 - 27

Welch 9 2 11 16 - 38

Commerce - Cook 13, Brock 6, Arizpe 3, Wade 2, Manning 2, Barnes 1.

Welch - Powers 18, Fansler 10, Sandusky 6, Moore 4.

Girls' seventh place

Chetopa, Kan. 13 13 9 6 - 41

Foyil 10 16 7 16 - 49

Chetopa - LaPee 18, Ingram 12, Jackson 4, Carroll 4, Pease 2, Brown 2.

Foyil - Murray 15, T. Snyder 13, B. Snyder 10, Hipp 6, Brown 5.

Boys' seventh place

Watts 12 6 12 10 - 40

White Oak 2 6 2 12 - 22

Watts - Rhodes 16, Tye 7, Glenn 6, Edens 4, Chandler 4, Edens 4.

White Oak - Tyler 8, LeFlore 5, Terwilliger 3, Sherman 2, Pinkston 2, Thomas 1, Barr 1.