WELCH - A 7-2 edge in overtime helped the Welch boys chalk up a 45-40 victory over South Coffeyville here Thursday night.
The Welch girls made it a sweep, rolling to a 52-37 decision.
A 3-point goal by South Coffeyville sophomore Tanner Nash at the buzzer sent the boys game into overtime.
A baseline drive by Wade Mayfield gave the Wildcats the lead, then Seth Chenoweth downed a short jumper to bump the Welch lead to 42-38. Jack Kenyon added a putback and Andrew Marlow tacked on a free throw as the Cats held a 7-2 edge to create the final margin.
“Our guards have got to take better care of the ball,” Welch coach Josh Schertz said. “We should have been up by 10 at the end of regulation.”
The Wildcats had led 8-5 after the first quarter then carried a 21-15 lead into the break.
South Coffeyville narrowed the gap with a 10-9 edge in the third period then forced the overtime with a 13-8 margin in the fourth.
“We played good defense all night,” Schertz said. “We played aggressive. Jack did a good job on Whitchurch (6-4 senior Sean Whitchurch) inside. He had been scoring 15 or 16 points a game. The main thing was we played our game. We kept the tempo at our speed and ran the offense like we needed to.”
Chenoweth had 13 points and Marlow added 10 for Welch, which improved to 6-4.
South Coffeyville, which lost for just the second time in nine games, got 11 points from Coby Stevens and 10 each from Whitchurch and Nash.
“That was a good win for us,” Schertz said.
In the girls' game, Welch used a 17-5 advantage in the third quarter to take charge.
The Lady Wildcats (5-5) were up 13-11 after the first quarter but fell behind 19-18 at intermission.
Melissa Fansler and Kalleigh Chrz keyed a second-half surge by Welch. The Ladycats held a 17-5 edge in the third frame then nailed down the win with a 17-13 burst in the fourth.
“Melissa and Kalleigh played real well,” Welch coach Shawn Goodwin said. “In the second half, Kalleigh stepped up her game to the level she needs to be playing at every night. When she did that, the others stepped up their level of play. That makes us more competitive.”
Both Fansler and Chrz finished with 19 points. Chrz got 16 of her points in the second half, including 12 created by steals.
“We played really aggressive defensively,” Goodwin said.
Welch faces Chetopa, Kan., on Tuesday.
South Coffeyville 11 8 5 13 - 37
Welch 13 5 17 17 - 52
South Coffeyville - L. Turney 12, Lamb 9, Wilson 8, Brown 6, A. Turney 2.
Welch - Fansler 19, Chrz 19, Powers 7, McClurg 3, Amos 2, Layton 2.
3-point goals -South Coffeyville, Brown 2; Welch, Powers 1, Chrz 1.
South Coffeyville 6 9 10 13 2 - 40
Welch 8 13 9 8 7 - 45
South Coffeyville - Stevens 11, Whitchurch 10, T. Nash 10, Z. Nash 5, Roeder 4.
Welch - Chenoweth 13, Marlow 10, Fansler 8, Kenyon 8, Mayfield 6.
3-point goals -South Coffeyville, Stevens 2, J. Nash 1; Welch, Chenoweth 1.