WELCH - Welch ended the Foyil boys' run as two-time champs of the Kenneth Sooter Invitational - and got a little revenge in the process.
The Wildcats upset Foyil 48-39 Thursday night in a semifinal game.
"That was a big win," Welch coach Josh Schertz said. "We were worried going in with their height (the Panthers go 6-6, 6-5 and 6-3) and the two good guards. We jumped on them early and maintained a lead into the third."
St. Paul, Kan., topped the Welch girls 42-32 in an earlier semifinal game.
In other games on Thursday, the Foyil girls beat South Coffeyville 49-25 in a consolation game, and St. Paul nipped South Coffeyville 33-30 in a boys' losers' bracket clash.
"This was a good gauge for us," Schertz said. "We knew we would have a decent team; we just didn't know how good we would be. They beat us in the first round last year and we had looked forward to getting a chance to return the favor this year."
The Wildcats (5-1) led 12-5 after the first quarter only to have Foyil rally to take a 27-25 lead heading into the final stanza.
The Panthers (2-2) led by three in the fourth quarter until a 3-point goal by Jacob Mount tied the game.
"Powers (6-3 junior Joey Powers) and their big kid (6-6 senior Tyler Ridgway) got in foul trouble in the third and had to sit until the fourth quarter," Schertz said. "Some of our younger kids stepped up. Mount tied it with his '3' and Gabe (Moore) and Grant (Bullard) got aggressive and played their best games of the year."
Mount had 13 points and Powers and Moore both had 11 points apiece to pace the Welch offense. Grant Bullard added seven points and Chance Sandusky had four. Austin Buchanan chipped in with three points.
Brandon Thomas, a 6-5 senior, scored 10 points for the Panthers, who also got eight from former Wildcat Dillon Noland.
The Cats faced either Chetopa, Kan., or Ketchum in Saturday's championship game.
St. Paul 42, Welch 32 (girls)
Sierra Hankins led Welch with 11 points. Allison Chenoweth and Jordan Amos both had eight points apiece, followed by Brittnie Tipton with three and Erin Snedden with two points.
The Lady Wildcats (4-2) played either Commerce or Ketchum in Saturday's third-place game.