WELCH — Going 6-of-7 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter helped the Welch boys turn back Quapaw for a 39-25 Lucky 7 Conference basketball victory here Friday night.
Thirteenth-ranked Welch improved to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
“I was pretty happy with our defense,” Welch coach Josh Schertz said. “We stepped it up. We hit our free throws in the fourth quarter.”
The game was tied at 16 at the half, then Welch inched ahead in the third quarter thanks to a 3-point goal by Asa Chenoweth, a putback by Brenton Hale and bucket by Gabe Moore.
Welch carried a 27-22 lead into the fourth quarter, when it held a 12-3 advantage.
“We pulled the ball out in the fourth quarter,” Schertz said. “We did a good job of taking our time on offense, working the clock and making them foul us.”
Welch was playing without sophomore center Jacob Mount, who is out indefinitely with an illness.
“I told them that with Mount out, others had to step up,” Schertz said. “Quapaw is really scrappy. It’s a win … we will take it.”
Joey Powers scored 15 points for the winners. Dry added seven points while Chenoweth and Grant Bullard chipped in with five each.
Guthrie Murray and Dusty Redden had six points each while Corey Scott added five for Quapaw.
Quapaw eked out a 34-25 victory in the girls’ game.
“We didn’t play very well,” Quapaw coach Rod Graves said. “It was the first game back after the long break, so it wasn’t very pretty to watch.”
The Lady Wildcats improved to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the conference with the victory.
Welch hosts Commerce in a league game Tuesday night.
“It will be a battle,” Schertz said. “We will have to shoot the ball better than we did tonight.”
Quapaw hosts Oklahoma Union on Tuesday.
Quapaw 3 13 6 3 — 25
Welch 6 10 11 12 — 39
Quapaw – Murray 6, Redden 6, Scott 5, Cawyer 3, Sappington 3, T. Bacon 3.
Welch — Powers 15, Dry 7, A.Chenoweth 5, Bullard 5, Moore 4, Hale 2, Harris 1.
3-point goals — Quapaw, Scott 1, Cawyer 1; Welch, Powers 1, Chenoweth 1, Bullard 1.