WELCH — A bucket at the buzzer by Kourtney Reading gave Commerce a 45-44 victory over St. Paul, Kan., in the girls’ title game at the Kenneth Sooter Invitational.

“We had played them last year and felt we had the better team,” Commerce coach Jerry Myers said. We didn’t take anything for granted. They played well again.”

The victory avenges a 51-29 loss to the Lady Indians in last year’s championship game.

Welch rolled to a 60-46 victory over Ketchum in the boys’ final, giving the Wildcats their second Sooter Invitational title.

In third-place games, the Ketchum girls rolled by Welch 48-22 and the Foyil boys — last year’s champs — beat Chetopa, Kan., 60-56.

In consolation games, the Foyil girls pounded Watts 49-21 and the Commerce boys outdistanced South Coffeyville 49-43.

In seventh-place games, it was South Coffeyville 31, Chetopa on the girls’ side and St. Paul 38, Watts 31 in the boys’ game.

The St. Paul girls had led by as many as 12 points during the third quarter and were up 37-29 heading into the final stanza.

CHS held a 14-7 edge over the last seven-plus minutes despite a free throw by the Lady Indians with 11 seconds remaining.

Courtney Watson rebounded the miss and pushed the ball up to floor. She passed to Adrienne Herrera on the wing.

“She had shot she could have taken, but she saw open girl (Reading) on the back side at the basket,” Myers said. “The pass was a little ahead of her, but she took a good little step to set it up,. The ball hit the rim about the time the horn went off and went in.”

Mandy Watson had a game-high 20 points for the Lady Tigers.

“We played great in the fourth quarter,” Myers said. “I told them the lay-ups were there. It was just if we could maintain the energy to do it.”

Maddie Borum and Morgan Westhoff scored 12 points each for St. Paul.

Boys’ championship

Welch 60, Ketchum 46

The Wildcats used an 18-11 edge in the third quarter to take charge.

They had led only 28-27 at intermission, then stretched the lead to 46-38 heading into the final stanza.

Three players scored in double figures for Welch, topped by Joey Powers with 16. Austin Buchanan and Jacob Mount scored 15 and 14, respectively.

Breadan Doublehead and Devin Hardin scored 12 points each for Ketchum.

Girls’ third place

Ketchum 48, Welch 22

Ketchum turned an eight-point halftime lead into a 20-point margin heading into the fourth quarter. The Lady Wildcats didn’t help matters by scoring only one point in each of the last two quarters

Sierra Hankins scored eight points for Welch.

Dakota Garrett was the offensive leader for Ketchum with 14 points.

Boys’

consolation championship

Commerce 49,

South Coffeyville 43

The Tigers turned an 11-9 first half deficit into a 21-20 lead at the break and held on.

CHS outscored the Lions of former Commerce coach Michael Wilson by 16-13 and 12-10 advantages over the final two periods.

Zach Barnes had 11 points and Dusty Williams added nine for the Tigers.

Gunner Garritson and Austin Lee scored 15 and 11, respectively, for South Coffeyville.

Girls’ championship

Commerce    10    11    9    16 — 45

St. Paul, Kan.    16    11    10    7 — 44

Commerce — M. Watson 20, Reading 9, Herrera 6, C. Watson 4, Knight 4, Stevenson 2.

St. Paul — M. Borum 12, Westhoff 12, K. Borum 7, O’Brien 6, Beachner 3, Tuck 2, Harmon 2.

Boys’ championship

Ketchum    15    12    11    8 — 46

Welch    18    10    18    14 — 60

Ketchum — Doublehead 12, Hardin 12, Mouse 9, Brown 6, Fink 5, Jones 2.

Welch — Powers 16, Buchanan 15, Mount 14, Moore 8, Bullard 5, Sandusky 2.

Girls’ third place

Ketchum    8    20    13    7 — 48

Welch    11    9    1    1 — 22

Ketchum — Garrett 14, Lancaster 7, Jones 5, Riley 5, West 4, Harden 2, Kester 2, Crabtree 2, Lancaster 2, Long 1.

Welch — Hankins 8, Cavazos 4, Chenoweth 4, Amos 4, Snedden 2, Seigel 1.

Boys’ third place

Foyil    19    14    13    13 — 60

Chetopa, Kan.    7    18    18    13 — 56

Foyil — Ridgway 21, Noland 17, Thomas 11, Simerly 5, Ware 3, Leland 2, Cunningham 1.

Chetopa — Wilson 28, Ahrens 15, Stapleton 6, McKibben 5, Porter 2.

Girls’ consolation championship

Foyil    29    9    9    11 — 49