The Pawhuska Lady Huskies advanced to the Pawhuska Invitational Tournament championship game with a 49-26 victory over the Hominy Lady Bucks Thursday at Oren Terrill Fieldhouse. The will face undefeated Caney Valley at 7 p.m. Saturday in the finals. Caney Valley defeated Barnsdall 57-13 Thursday to earn the right to face Pawhuska. The Lady Huskies jumped out to a 9-1 first quarter lead over the Lady Bucks, and took a 9-3 advantage into the second period. However, Hominy rallied for 12 points in the second, and held a 15-14 halftime advantage. Pawhuska owned the third period. The Lady Huskies scored 25 points, led by Arianna Soliano who knocked down a couple of 3-pointers in that frame. Kyleigh Riebel also contributed 5 points during the third-quarter barrage. Lady Huskies Coach Luke Broadbent said Hominy fielded a good team, but felt his squad should have put the Lady Bucks away when it held the first-quarter advantage. “We’ve got to execute earlier in the game,” Broadbent said. “We had them down 9-1. I felt we definitely could have put that one away a little bit sooner.” Hominy fought back, Broadbent said. The Lady Huskies needed the third-quarter explosion to win the game. The PHS girls team remains a work in progress, said Broadbent who is in his first year as the PHS girls basketball coach. Good practices during the Christmas holiday break will be important for the team. The coach said he is proud of the team, which advanced to the championship game in the Agra Tournament last weekend, but lost in the finals. “We are trying to set a precedent right now. We’ve been in back-to-back finals. It feels good to set that precedent early in my tenure at Pawhuska,” he said. Soliano paced the Lady Huskies scoring with 9 points — all on 3-pointers. Rayven Stone also scored 9. Kyleigh Riebel added 8 and Alyssa Reynolds chipped in 7. Emiley Myers led Hominy’s scoring with 8 points. ^ Caney Valley girls 57, Barnsdall 13 Gavy Myers scored 22 and Kaitlyn Clemons added 13 to led Caney Valley to the 57-13 win over Barnsdall. Chenoa Webb popped in 10 points for CVHS. The CVHS girls played fast and passed the ball well, Coach Deric Longan said. ^ On the boys side of the bracket, Barnsdall will face Caney Valley at 8:15 p.m. in the championship game of the Pawhuska Invitational. Wesleyan Christian School and Pawhuska will play for third-pace at 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Both games are at the Oren Terrill Fieldhouse. Barnsdall boys 59, Pawhuska 49 The Pawhuska boys team stayed close to Barnsdall throughout the first half, but the Panthers pulled away in the second half behind the scoring of Christian Warford, 30, and Derek Wilson 19. The Huskies trailed by 2 (15-13) at the end of the first quarter and 4 (33-29) at the end of the second. In the third quarter, Barnsdall outscored the Huskies 15-8 to take a 46-37 lead into the final stanza. Barnsdall turned to the four-corners offense in the final stanza. The Panthers passed the ball on the perimeter to run time off the clock. About halfway through the period, Barnsdall started passing to players cutting to the basket for easy layups. Warford scored eight in the fourth, while Wilson added 4. The Huskies kept it close in the third with two 3-pointers by Sam West and a trey by Braydon Wilson. West led the Huskies’ scoring with 16 points. Wilson added 11 and Easton Kirk pumped in 10. The Huskies and Wesleyan Christian met in the season opener on Nov. 28 at Oren Terrill Fieldhouse. Wesleyan Christian won that game 62-58. Caney Valley 54, Wesleyan Christian 51 Caney Valley used balanced scoring and defense to defeat WCS Thursday night, CVHS Coach Tug Brinker said. CVHS had three players — Christian Colbert, Brandon Fogle and Christian Bellew — in double figures. Colbert led the scoring with 13. Fogle and Ballew chipped in 12 and 10, respectively.