In addition to winning a District basketball championship plaque Saturday night, the Pawhuska High School Lady Huskies received a Regional Tournament matchup versus the Dale Lady Pirates — rated the No. 1 girls’ team in Oklahoma Class 2A.
The PHS Huskies were similarly rewarded, getting the champions’ plaque and a Thursday night Regional assignment against Dale’s slightly-less-dynamic boys — 2A’s N0. 4-ranked squad.
Pawhuska’s girls — winners of a season-best five consecutive games and holder’s of an 11-13 overall record— will play Dale (24-2) at 6:30 p.m. in the Cleveland High School gymnasium. The Lady Huskies are 1-0 on the Cleveland floor this year, having beaten the host Cleveland Lady Tigers (a 4A team) there on Jan. 7.
The highly-regarded Lady Pirates’ won their first 17 games of the year before losing a 44-40 decision in mid-January to Preston (the No. 4-ranked 2A team). Dale’s other defeat came Jan. 31 with a 52-42 setback against Christian Heritage, a 2A squad that is unranked despite a 20-4 season mark. A month and a half before losing their second contest, the Lady Pirates had shellacked Christian Heritage, 71-44.
After falling to the Dale girls, 54-21, earlier this month, the coach for McLoud said of the Lady Pirates: “They’re disciplined, they play together and they can shoot.”
Jake Christenson, the Huskies’ head coach, said the Dale boys (who have a 24-2 season record), will have a distinct size advantage over his PHS aquad.
“Dale’s guys are pretty long,” Christenson said. “I’d say they are kind of similar to Hominy.”
The Pirates won their Saturday District finalover Commerce, 68-28. The Lady Pirates drilled host Hulbert, 84-30.
The Huskies won first and last of their four meetings with Hominy.