WELCH — After breaking out to a 9-0 lead, Fairland had to weather a late charge by Quapaw to claim a 28-27 win to claim the girls’ title at the Kenneth Sooter Invitational Saturday, Dec. 21.
Caney Valley beat Wyandotte 65-54 to capture the boys’ championship.
In other games Saturday, it was Welch 37, Caney Valley 24, girls third; Fairland 57, Quapaw 46, boys third; Wyandotte 54, Watts 27, girls fifth.
Fairland’s girls tossed a 6-0 shutout in the first, but led only 12-8 at the half.
“We missed a few bumps and let them back into it,” Fairland coach Justin Goins said. “I felt like if we could have made a couple of those, it may have been over. But Quapaw had no quit in them.
“I figured it would be a tough one because Hannah (first-year Lady Wildcat coach Hannah Thomas) has them playing very well.”
There were two ties and five lead changes in the third as Quapaw grabbed a 23-19 advantage at the end of the third.
The Lady Owls nailed down the win thanks to a 9-4 edge over the final eight minutes.
“There was good defense by both teams,” Goins said.
Girls’ most valuable player Grace Goins scored 15 points to lead the Fairland scoring.
Others with points for the winners were Erica Schertz with six, Scout Mayfield, four, and Kyndall Davis, three.
Quapaw picked up 13 points from Skyler Evans, seven from Olivia Quapaw, three from Chloe Tyner and two each from Lu Attocknie and Karissa Anderson.
Caney Valley 65, Wyandotte 54
The Trojans (7-1) turned a two-point first-quarter lead into a 31-21 halftime advantage. They held a 15-13 edge in the third period.
Boys’ MVP Daniel Barham was one of four players scoring in double figures for Caney Valley.
He had 17, followed by Cheyton Shepherd with 16, Bryer Kalmer with 13 and Jackie Black with 12
Jacob Burney had a game-high 24 for the Bears (5-3)
Brendan Cooper, who scored 11, joined him in double figures.
Bryce Pogue chipped in with five, Justus Robertson and Jaret Burney had three each and Gage Drake finished with two.
Welch 37, Caney Valley 24
Scoring advantages in the second and fourth quarter helped boost the Lady Wildcats.
They were up 7-3 in the first and coasted into the break with an 18-7 edge. Caney Valley held an 8-7 edge in the third only to have the Lady Wildcats secured the win with a 12-9 margin in the fourth.
Halle Rupert led the Lady Wildcats’ scoring with 16.
Reagan Etzel scored seven for Welch, followed by Sayler Haywood, five; Taryn Earp, four, and Chloe Hitz and Rachel Rife, two each.
Hannah Jones was the Lady Trojans leader with seven points.
Fairland 57, Quapaw 46
The Owls trailed 12-9 after one, but used a 19-11 edge in the third and 19-7 in the fourth to open up a 47-30 advantage going into the final stanza.
Quapaw outscored FHS 16-10 over the last eight minutes.
Three players reached double figures for Fairland. Trey Martin finished with a game-high 23 and Andrew Barker and Brion Padberg added 15 each.
Lane Tudor, Jacoby Jackson and Jayden Anderson all had two points.
The Quapaw scoring was topped by Matt Lovell’s 20 points and Jacob Gregory contributed 11.
Corben Cunliffe had seven, A.J. Moreno and Seth Johnston three each and Deacon Shapp two.
Wyandotte 54, Watts 27
Mallory Butterfield and Haley Hart scored in double figures as the Lady Bears rolled to their second win of the season.
Wyandotte outscored the Lady Engineers in each of the four quarters, 15-8, 13-7, 14-7 and 12-5.
Butterfield led the way for the Lady Bears with 14 points and Hart chipped in with 11.
Kallie Morisset added nine, Presley Brecheisen eight, Taylor Fent six, Kensy Daylight four, and Abby Long two
Watts was led by Lexus Tudor’s 10 points.
Welch 43, Watts 32
The Wildcats picked up their second win of the season thanks to an 18-0 burst in the third quarter.
Watts led 15-6 after one, then each team got 10 points in the second.
Welch outscored the Engineers 15-7 in the fourth.
The Cats’ scoring included 11 from Dylan Johnson, nine each from Nate Beaty and Boone Perryman, eight from Daniel Windle, fourth from Seth Hayward and two from Brady Chenoweth.
Aaron Mitchell topped the Watts scoring with 14 points.