Guy Ellis

The Welch High School varsity basketball teams took two wins at Fairland’s Fighting Owl Arena Friday night in Lucky 7 Conference play. The Lady Wildcats came out on top in a 49-46 thriller over their hosts while the Welch boys won a 63-34 contest over the Owls.

“We played hard tonight,” Lady Wildcat Head Coach Shawn Goodwin said. “We’re pretty comparable to them offensively and defensively. We shot really well, especially in the first half. We got the stops there at the end and hit our free throws down the stretch, which is something we hadn’t been doing in the first couple of games, so I was really pleased with that. That was the difference in the game, the free throw shooting.”

The Lady Owls held a 41-36 advantage at the start of the fourth quarter. Welch went 9 of 14 from the charity stripe in the final eight minutes including five unanswered free throw points in the last minute and a half. Combined with two earlier field goals from senior Jordan Amos the tally, 13 points to the Lady Owls five, was enough to put the Lady Wildcats over the top.

Amos led all scorers on the night with 23 points.

“She played tough,” Goodwin said. “She’s one of our seniors and one of our leaders. She goes out and does things night-in and night-out that need to be done to make us successful. She had a good all-around game tonight. I was pleased with everybody’s effort.”

The win moves the Welch squad to 3-1 for the season while the Lady Owls drop to 0-2.

Sierra Hankins, with 10; Allison Chenoweth, wine nine; and Erin Snedden, with four, rounded out the top scorers for the Lady Wildcats.

Suzanne Pascoe was the leading scorer for the Lady Owls with 18 points, including four 3-point goals. Emily Shelton posted 10 and Ashlee Davis added seven to the Fairland mix. Pascoe and Bekky Gebhart were the top Fairland re-bounders with eight each.

“I was real proud of how we played,” Lady Owl Head Coach Chuck Preaus said. “We played much better (tonight) than we had in the past. We missed a few key shots but we never quit and I was really proud of the effort.”

In the boys’ game the Wildcats took an early lead and never looked back. Welch held a 16-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 46-27 at the end of three.

Joey Powers, with 16, led a brace of Wildcat double-digit scorers. Brandon Hale, Austin Buchanon, and Jacob Mount all scored 10 points apiece.

Jesse Drosche’s 13 points led the Fairland scorers. Jordan Alexander and Kyle Smith each scored five while J.C. Morrow and Michael Looper each put in four.

The Wildcats stand at 3-1 after Friday’s game while Fairland sits at 0-2.

Fairland will feature in the Afton Coca-Cola Tournament this week while Welch faces South Coffeyville in the first round of the Kenneth Sooter Invitational.