WATTS - The Welch girls opened their season with a 45-33 victory over Watts here Saturday night.

"It was a win - that's about all we can say," Welch coach Shawn Goodwin said. "It was very ugly. We've still got a lot to work on. Our shooting isn't where it needs to be."

The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter then coasted into the half with a 24-15 advantage.

Welch held a 13-7 edge in the third quarter.

Kalleigh Chrz scored 15 points to lead the Welch scoring. Ashley Marlow had nine points, followed by Allison Chenoweth, Tae Kenworthy and Sierra Hankins with five each, Erin Snedden with four and Katy McClurg scored two points.

Jessica Chandler and Heather Stanley scored 14 and 11 points for Watts, respectively.

The Lady Wildcats struggled at the free throw line, converting on only 13 of 28 chances.

In the boys' game, Welch jumped out to a 21-17 lead at the half then coasted to a 43-38 victory over Watts.

"We played decent for the first game," Welch coach Josh Schertz said. "Defensively, we played really well. We made a couple of mistakes, but we had a lot of young kids out there."

Six of the seven players who saw action for the Wildcats didn't play with the varsity last season, Schertz said.

The Wildcats led by as many as 10 points in the second half (33-23), but Watts narrowed the gap to 33-31 early in the fourth quarter.

A 3-point goal by the Engineers at the buzzer created the final five-point margin.

Joey Powers had 18 points to head up the Cats' scoring. Gabe Moore joined him in double figures with 13.

Jacob Fansler and Chance Sandusky scored nine and three, respectively.

Welch was 12 of 30 at the free throw line.

Welch opens its home schedule today against Wyandotte.

A ceremony dedicating "Ken Sooter Court" will be at 6:15 p.m., with the girls' game tipping off at 6:30 p.m.