WELCH - A 28-17 edge in the second half helped carry the St. Paul, Kan., girls to a 49-36 victory over Welch in a semifinal game Thursday at the Kenneth Sooter Invitational basketball tournament.

The Welch boys routed White Oak 64-26 in a boys' consolation game.

In other games Thursday, the White Oak girls topped Foyil 64-57 and the Foyil boys turned back St. Paul 50-42.

The wins moved the St. Paul girls and Foyil boys into Saturday night's finals. Their opponents will be determined tonight.

The schedule for tonight includes Chetopa vs. South Coffeyville girls, 4 p.m.; Commerce vs. Watts boys, 5:30 p.m.; Commerce vs. Watts girls, 7 p.m.; Chetopa vs. South Coffeyville boys, 8:30 p.m.

Action Saturday begins at 10 a.m. with the girls' seventh-place game at 10 a.m.

That's followed by the boys' seventh-place game, 11:30 p.m.; girls' fifth-place game, 1 p.m.; boys' fifth-place game, 2:30 p.m.; girls' third-place game, 4 p.m.; boys' third-place game, 5:30 p.m.; girls; championship game, 7 p.m., and the boys' championship game at 8:30 p.m.

The St. Paul girls coasted into the half of Thursday's game with a 21-15 advantage.

They outscored the Lady Wildcats 11-9 in the third quarter then nailed down the win with a 17-12 edge in the final stanza.

Morgan Westhoff scored 12 points to lead the way for the Kansans. She was joined in double figures by Madi Borum with 11 points and Breah Giefer with 10.

Ashley Marlow, Katy McClurg and Kalleigh Chrz scored nine points each for Welch.

Welch boys 64, White Oak 26

The Cats broke out to a 14-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

They were up 33-12 at intermission then carried a 41-22 advantage into the final stanza.

Welch had an ultra-balanced scoring attack as nobody reached double figures, but 13 players scored.

Jordan Dry had a team-high nine points while Jake Fansler, Joey Powers and Dakota Chenoweth scored eight each.

Tyler Ledell had 12 points for the Ranchers

Girls

White Oak 11 21 22 10 - 64

Foyil 17 8 13 19 - 57

White Oak - Myers 17, C. Leflore 15, Berend 14, Egnor 6, R. Leflore 6, Hayes 4, Brown 2.

Foyil - T. Snyder 20, B. Snyder 17, Murray 10, Brown 6, Strehm 2, Chaisson 2.

St. Paul, Kan. 9 12 11 17 - 49

Welch 8 7 9 12 - 36

St. Paul - Westhoff 12, M. Borum 11, Giefer 10, K. Borum 5, O'Brien 5, Tuck 4, Harmon 2.

Welch - Marlow 9, McClurg 9, Chrz 9, Hankins 4, Chenoweth 3, Snedden 2.

Boys

St. Paul, Kan. 9 9 13 11 - 42

Foyil 14 5 9 22 - 50

St. Paul - Diskin 16,Schibi 10, Winter 5, Giefer 3, Leistikow 4, Meins 3.

Foyil - Antle 14, Noland 13, Ward 9, Hendrix 8, Mount 4, Simerly 2.