Pawhuska High School’s girls basketball team set some milestones this season.
The Lady Huskies reached 18 wins. They beat then-19th ranked Newkirk on the road, 39-32, on Jan. 2. They advanced to the regional tournament before Dale ended their season with a 61-38 victory at Rejoice Christian.
The Lady Huskies (18-10) were led by four seniors — Kyleigh Riebel, Star Sweeden, Rayven Stone and Sierra Sellers. First-year coach Lady Huskies Luke Broadbent called their contributions this season laid the bedrock for future success.
“We will miss our seniors really badly,” Broadbent said. “This senior bunch were really good. They are leaving the program better than it was when I got here.”
The seniors’ dedication and work ethic set the tone for the younger players, he said.
“They are a great group,” he said.
Just days after their regional loss to Dale, Broadbent was looking forward to next season.
Dale, Broadbent said, is one of the top 3 teams in the state.
The Lady Huskies lost to Dale, 62-21, in the district finals. Pawhuska improved its scoring against Dale in the regionals. Dale pulled ahead in regionals in the second half.
The Lady Huskies will return approximately 16 players from this team. Most saw playing time as Broadbent brought a full-court pressure defense to Pawhuska this season.
Junior Kiana Taylor, sophomores Kaiti Moen, Tatyanna Curry, Alyssa Reynolds, Shelby Bute and freshmen Ariana Soliano and Haley Grooms saw significant time on the court.
Junior Blake Allen missed most of the season with an injury.
“We should have more scorers on the court next year. The younger kids played really well,” Broadbent said. “It will be a plus to get Blake Allen back on the court.”
It’s been several years since Pawhuska finished with 18 wins, he said.
“I am super proud of our kids,” he said.