In their first preseason basketball scrimmage under new coach Jake Christenson, the Pawhuska High School Huskies showed quality and depth during a seven-quarter Thursday workout with the Copan Hornets.
“I was a little surprised to see they (the Hornets) were bigger than us, but we need to get used to that,” Christenson said. “That’s something we’ll be seeing all year long, I guess.”
The Huskies were polite hosts, allowing the visitors to take the lead, 10-8, after the first 8-minute period.
“There was no panic, though,” said Christenson. “We stuck with the original plan to make them play our style — and it paid off.”
As the deep Pawhuska bench began to take a toll on the Hornets, the Huskies pulled away to a 29-20 advantage by the end of the second period and led, 38-25, after the third. It continued getting worse for Copan, which trailed, 55-28, after the fourth period and 66-30 through five.
The scoreboard was not advanced on PHS baskets during the final periods, stopping at 87-40.
Christenson said he likes the team’s mix of veterans and underclassmen. He thinks the Huskies will have success this year, as well as in the future.
“It was encouraging to be able to bring in that many guys and get quality time from every one of them,” the coach added. “I told them they need to use their time (on the court) the best that they can because we’ve got about 12 players who could be starters.”
PHS sophomore Sam West torched Copan for 29 points, which included seven three-pointers. He also had four rebounds and four steals. Junior Braydon Wilson scored 10 points, including two treys, while getting three rebounds and four steals.
Seniors William Merrill and Nathan Richardson carried the Huskies early on, as well as later on. Merrill scored 20 points to go with nine rebounds and five steals. Richards0n chipped in nine points (including the team’s first and last buckets) and nine boards.
Freshmen Easton Kirk and Evan Frye contributed quality minutes coming off the bench. Kirk tallied 11 points, while grabbing eight rebounds. Frye added four points and two each, rebounds and steals.
Point guard Tyler Wilson made eight steals, had four rebounds and put on a Marques Haynes-like dribbling exhibition. Ben Gray chipped in eight offensive rebounds, while Mathieu Rector score five points, had five rebounds and made seven steals.
Also seeing time on the court for the Huskies were seniors Colton Hindman, Kody Linde and Tristen Tucker.
Pawhuska was scheduled for a road scrimmage with the Bartlesville Bruins on Tuesday.