PAWHUSKA — Dead-leg syndrome slowed the Pawhuska High School boys basketball team’s offense Friday night against Newkirk, but the Huskies applied enough defensive pressure to record a 45-32 victory at Oren Terrill Fieldhouse.
It was the third win this season over the Newkirk. Pawhuska (10-11) beat Newkirk, 57-53, at Newkirk on Jan. 2, and edged the Tigers, 56-51, in the North Country Classic tournament in Tonkawa on Jan. 19.
Friday night, the Huskies were coming off a 58-53 loss to Barnsdall the previous night.
PHS Coach Jake Christenson said the back-to-back games took some pep from their step on Friday night.
“We played so hard last night, trying to beat Barnsdall,” Christenson said. “I just think the legs were a little bit dead. It just made the shots a little short and the bumps a little off. We just weren’t getting off the ground very well.”
It was a lackluster first half in the scoring department. Both teams missed layups and mid-range shots. The Huskies trailed 6-5 after one, but led 16-13 at halftime.
Braydon Wilson led the Huskies scoring attack with 14, and Evan Frye added 13.
Barnsdall 58, Pawhuska 53
Pawhuska narrowed Barnsdall’s led to four in the final two minutes Thursday night, but couldn’t close the gap as the Panthers squeaked out a 58-53 victory over the Huskies at Barnsdall.
The Huskies lost for the third time this season to the Panthers. However, it was the closest loss of the season. Barnsdall won 59-49 on Dec. 14 in the Pawhuska Invitational, and pulled off a 68-58 win over the Huskies at Oren Terrill Fieldhouse on Jan. 12.
Barnsdall jumped out to a 21-10 lead as the first quarter ended. The Panthers lead 33-20 at the half. In the second half, Pawhuska outscored Barnsdall 33-25 to make the game competitive.
Pawhuska’s Easton Kirk led the Huskies with 15 points. Matthew Miles, Tre Harper and Brian Jeffers each scored 8 points.
Barnsdall’s Christian Warford led all scorers with 19 points. Derek Wilson chipped in 12. Braden Kelley and Michael Marin scored 11 and 10, respectively.
The Huskies were scheduled to close out there season against Pawnee Tuesday night, but Coach Jake Christenson said he was trying to schedule a game later in the week against Hominy or Wesleyan Christian to keep the team sharp for the district tournament which begins Feb. 17.