Low-scoring first and fourth quarters doomed the Pawhuska Lady Huskies in Tuesday’s high school basketball home loss, 29-20, to the Nowata Lady Ironmen.
The Lady Huskies hung a goose egg in the opening stanza, when Nowata took a lead by eight. PHS then reeled off nine straight points and went ahead on a jump shot by freshman Kaiti Moen with less than a minute left before halfttime. A pair of free throws allowed the visitors to regain the advantage, 10-9, at the break.
With 20 seconds remaining in the third period, Pawhuska trailed by five, 19-14. The Lady Huskies reduced the deficit to a single point, 19-18, with a Kianna Taylor jumper, a steal from Star Sweeden and a buzzer-beating put-back by senior Sydney Sellers.
Nowata ended a three-minute scoreless drought by hitting a three-pointer three minutes into the final frame. A minute later, another trey put the visitors up seven, 25-18, with four minutes left in the game. A pair of free throws was all the offense the Lady Huskies could muster in the fourth quarter.
Moen led Pawhuska with seven points and shared scoring honors with three Ladies of Iron — Samantha Steigerwald, Kennedy Downing and Jordan Lewis. Downing went seven for eight at the free throw line and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
PHS held a slight advantage in rebounding, 36-34, which included a 16-to-4 edge for offensive boards. Sydney Sellers pulled down eight, while Star Sweeden and Tatyana Curry had six apiece. All but one of Curry’s came on offense.
The Lady Huskies shot a miserable 15 percent from the field, making eight out of 52 and missed all nine of their three-point attempts. Nowata’s shooting was nothing to brag about — eight of 29 (for 27 1/2 percent) overall. But, the visitors made four three-pointers out of 12 tries and converted nine of 15 at the charity stripe, where Pawhuska shooters went four for 15.
Sellers finished with five points, Jordan Kitchel added four and Kianna Taylor and Sweeden each scored two. Taylor and Sweeden made four steals apiece, and Sellers swiped three. Lewis contributed eight rebounds, four steals and blocked a shot for the Lady Ironmen.
Poor shooting kept Pawhuska from capitalizing on its victory in the turnover battle. The Lady Huskies lost the ball 18 times, which was 11 fewer than the visitors.
Nowata will be hosting the Huskies and Lady Huskies next Tuesday. The PHS girls picked up their initial win of the season by defeating the Lady Ironmen on their home court during the Nowata Invitational Tournament in December.
Although last Friday’s games at Barnsdall got cancelled because of weather, Pawhuska’s basketball teams are to be back on the court this week for the Dewey Tournament. The Lady Huskies were scheduled to meet the host Lady Doggers in a first-round contest at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. A victory would advance the PHS girls to a 7:30 p.m. Thursday showdown against the winner of Vinita-Tulsa Webster. Losers of the two tournament games will meet at 7:30 Friday.