BARNSDALL — Pawhuska High School won girls and boys District basketball titles for the first time in at least a decade Saturday night, sweeping Osage County rival Hominy in back-to-back thrillers at Barnsdall’s Joe Gilbert Field House.
The Huskies needed an overtime period to slip past the Bucks, 55-52, after the Lady Huskies had edged the Lady Bucks, 37-36, earlier in the evening.
Pawhuska’s squads ignored the fact that they were both seeded third in the three-school, Class 2A playoff Districts.
“We were seeded last but finished first,” Huskies head coach Jake Christenson said of the PHS District double. “We thought, going in, that that we could pull it off, and we did it — just barely, but we did it.”
Freshman Easton Kirk went baseline-to-baseline for a game-tying (46-46) layup in the final seconds of regulation and the Huskies outscored Hominy in overtime, 9-6, to secure the chanpionship. Senior Tyler Wilson capped a 25-point night by putting up four in the extra session and Kirk added three to finish with 13.
On Friday, the PHS girls opened the playoff event by knocking out the host Barnsdall Lady Panthers, 42-31, in the first-round elimination game. Jordan Kitchel gave the Lady Huskies their first lead, 21-20, with the last bucket of the first half, three seconds before the break.
After a slow start, the Lady Huskies trailed by nine (15-6) at the end of the first quarter. Barnsdall regained the lead briefly in the third period before senior Sydney Sellers ripped a three-pointer from the top of the key that put Pawhuska ahead to stay — 23-21 — less than midway through the third frame. Sellers, who had gone scoreless in the first half, wound up with a game-high 15 points in the second.
PHS’s boys topped Barnsdall by a bucket (40-38) in Friday’s late contest and the Panthers nearly made hit a buzzer-beating, half-court heave that would have given them the victory. Huskies seniors Ben Gray, with 13 points, and William Merrell, who scored 11, led the way for Pawhuska.
The Huskies and Lady Huskies, as well as the Hominy squads (as District runnersup) will advance to Cleveland for Regional Tournament action that commences Thursday.
Hominy’s Lady Bucks compiled a District-best record (10-8) despite losing three times to Pawhuska. The Lady Huskies won by 3 points in a December tournament, in overtime (50-41) and by 1 point, 44-43, in Tuesday’s regular-season finale at HHS.
With a 12-3 regular-season record, the Hominy Buckss were clearly the No. 1 choice on the boys’ side of the District. The final Friday loss ended the Barnsdall Panthers campaign at 13-10, while the Huskies moved forward to the Regional with an 11-13 mark — same as the Lady Huskies.
Christenson said he would not be surprised to see Pawhuska and Btheucks meet again this year — probably at Cleveland..
“I could see playing them one more time,” the first-year Huskies’ coach added.
PAWHUSKA 42, BARNSDALL 31
Lady Huskies: 6 - 15 - 10 - 11 — 42
Lady Panthers: 15 - 5 - 4 - 7 — 31
Pawhuska Lady Huskies (10-14) — Sydney Sellers 15, Kiana Taylor 7, Blake Allen 6, Star Sweeden 3, Sierra Sellers 2, Jordan Kitchel 6, Kaiti Moen 2, Tatyana Curry 2, Rayven Stone, Alyssa Reynolds, Shelby Bute. Head coach: Lauri Lee.
Barnsdall Lady Panthers (10-13) — Kaleigh Townley 11, Mariah Hatfield 8, Caitlin Eubank 6, Courtney Berry 1, Bailey Walker 0, Khailey Sofian 3, Kyndal LeFlore 0. Head coach: Joe Gilbert.
Pawhuska: 8 - 12 - 13 - 7 — 40
Barnsdall: 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 — 38
Pawhuska Huskies (10-13) — Ben Gray 13, William Merrell 11, Easton Kirk 5, Tyler Wilson 4, Colton Hindman 0, Nathan Richardson 4, Brian Jeffers 3, Mattheu Rector 0, Braydon Wilson 0, Evan Frye 0. Head coach: Jacob Christenson.
Barnsdall Panthers (13-10) — Heath Moles 12, Christian Warford 8, Michael Marin 8, Derek Wilson 7, Jacob Kelley 3, P. Schmitt 0, E. Reese 0.Head coach: Clif Warford.
LADY HUSKIES 44, LADY BUCKS 43
PHS girls: 10 - 8 - 12 - 14 — 44
Lady Bucks: 13 - 15 - 5 - 10 — 43
Pawhuska Lady Huskies (9-13) — Sydney Sellers 13, Blake Allen 8, Sierra Sellers 6, Star Sweeden 5, Kiana Taylor 1, Kaiti Moen 4, Rayven Stone 2, Allison Richardson 4, Alyssa Reynolds 1, Head coach: Lauri Lee.
Hominy ady Bucks (10-8) — Madison McClatchey 17, Johnson 7, Emily Myers 6, Crawford 4, Walker 3, Capicchioni 1, Bryann Jefferson 0, Albright 0. Head coach: Michael Nordquist.