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 lead 16-13 at halftime. The never trailed again, and started to pull away late in the third quarter. PHS led 28-22 after three.
Braydon Wilson led the Huskies scoring attack with 14, and Evan Frye added 13.
Pawhuska 45, Newkirk 32
Newkirk — 6-7-9-10 — 32
Pawhuska — 5-11-12-17 — 45
Newkirk: Barnes, 2; Case, 11, Bradley, 12, Stone, 7.
Pawhuska: Waddle, 1; Frye, 13; Kirk, 4; Wilson, 14, Jeffers, 6; Miles, 7.
Newkirk girls 48, Pawhuska 21
PAWHUSKA — The Lady Huskies took a four-game winning streak into Friday night’s game against Class 3A’s 12th-ranked Newkirk Lady Tigers, but the toll of playing a back-to-back games showed.
The Lady Huskies (13-8) defeated Barnsdall, 52-31, at Barnsdall on Thursday.
Broadbent said the Lady Huskies had played well during the four-game win streak. Friday night, PHS didn’t have much gas left in the tank.
“We had a let down tonight. That’s all there is to it,” PHS coach Luke Broadbent said. “We just didn’t play well. We didn’t shoot it well or bring a lot of energy.”
The Newkirk Lady Tigers didn’t have an energy shortage. They jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead, and kept building on that advantage through the rest of the game.
Katelyn Scheiber led the Lady Tigers scoring with 22. LeeAnn Cooper added 13. The Lady Huskies didn’t have anyone reach double figures. Allyssa Reynolds was the leading scorer with 4.
Newkirk 48, Pawhuska 21
Newkirk — 15-12-13-8 — 48
Pawhuska — 6-5-4-6 — 21
Newkirk: Elliot, 5; Schieber, 22; Watters, 4; Luis, 2; Cooper, 13; Appleman, 1; Husler, 2.
Pawhuska: Reynolds, 4; Riebel, 3; Stone, 2; Taylor 3, Bute, 2; Curry 2; Soliano 3; Sellers, 2.