A win is a win. It doesn’t have to look pretty to count in the victory department. Friday night, the Pawhuska girls basketball team defeated Barnsdall 62-57 in overtime.
It wasn’t pretty. The Lady Huskies overcame missed shots, terrible foul shooting and a pretty good Barnsdall team to rally for the 5-point win.
Pawhuska coach Luke Broadbent said Barnsdall played really hard.
“The took it too us, absolutely 100 percent,” Broadbent said.
The 8-5 Lady Huskies, Broadbent said, made too many mistakes. Pawhuska had too many turnovers, missed approximately 30 layups and shot less than 40 percent from the free-throw stripe.
“It is the worst win I’ve ever had as a coach,” Broadbent said. “I guess that’s something to hang you hat on that our kids are that gritty that we can play that terrible and win. We aren’t going to win another game if we play like we did tonight.”
Barnsdall started the game hot. The Lady Panthers knocked down three treys in the first quarter and limited Pawhuska to just one field goal. The Huskies scored four more points from the charity stripe, but missed 11 free throws in the quarter as well.
Pawhuska’s defense came on in the second quarter, holding Barnsdall to 12 points, while the offense — led by Alyssa Reynolds’ six points and Kaiti Moen’s five – with an 18-point outburst. Barnsdall still lead 26-24 at the half.
The Lady Huskies performed better in the second half by limiting fouls and the Lady Panther’s offense. The Lady Huskies built a 39-37 advantage by the start of the fourth quarter.
Pawhuska constructed a 48-42 lead with 3:41 left in the game. Aided by a Pawhuska technical foul for calling a time out when they didn’t have any left, Barnsdall rallied to tie it at 50-all and send the game into OT.
Reynolds scored seven in overtime to help push the Lady Huskies over the top.
Reynolds led all scores with 17. Two other Lady Huskies — Kyleigh Reibel and Kaiti Moen — finished in double figures with 13 and 12, respectively.
Barnsdall Khailey Sofian scored 15 to pace the Lady Panthers, while Courtney Berry chipped in 12.
Broadbent said there are times in every game where the Lady Huskies look “really, really good.”
“If we can sustain how good we look when we do look good, we are good enough to do some really great things — things that haven’t been done at this school in years. We keep getting better and better, but tonight we did not perform up to our ability,” he said.
Kellyville 39, Pawhuska 32
The game came down to the wire.
Kellyville held a 1-point lead with a minute to go. Then, the Lady Ponies hit a trey, a 2-point bucket and free throws to claim a 39-32 win over the Pawhuska girls basketball team Tuesday night.
Kellyville (8-3) was No. 15 in the Class 3A in the latest OSSAA Rankings.
“They are really, really good,” Broadbent said. “It’s been a tough stretch for us — a real murderers’ row.”
The Lady Huskies defeated a ranked Newkirk squad on Jan. 2, but lost to Dewey on Friday and Kellyville.
In the Kellyville game, the Lady Ponies led 14-9 after the first quarter and 26-15 at half. Pawhuska held Kellyville to two points in the third, trailing 28-21 heading into the final period. The Lady Huskies took a brief lead with 3 1/2 minutes left in the game. Broadbent said he thought the Lady Huskies were going to win.
“We just didn’t score at the very end,” he said.
Sierra Sellers and Star Sweeden paced Pawhuska with 7 apiece. Kaiti Moen added six.
Jade Upshaw scored 12 to lead all scorers. Breanna Marts and Sarah Jones chipped in 11 and 10, respectively, for Kellyville.
Pawhuska’s basketball teams will play in the North Country Classic in Tonkawa from Thursday through Saturday.
The boys and girls brackets features the high school teams from Mannford, Newkirk, Tonkawa, Pawnee, Guymon, Woodland and Blackwell.
The Lady Huskies will face Guymon at 6:40 p.m. Thursday at the Northern Oklahoma College fieldhouse.