Pawhuska High School’s home hoops season opened in style Friday night as the Huskie and Lady Huskie squads swept cross-county rival Hominy in front of a crowd that included four newly-inducted members of the local basketball hall of fame.
The PHS boys pulled away from the Bucks in the second half to claim a 54-36 decision. Trey Redeagle scored 15 points and Trent Barnett added 12 as the Huskies notched their second straight victory.
In picking up their third season triumph, the Lady Huskies dominated the Lady Bucks en route to a 59-17 final. Last year, the Pawhuska girls team had remained winless into January before beginning its current re-emergence.
PHS Hall of Fame
At the Hall of Fame banquet that preceded the contests, master of ceremonies Travis Finley commented on the upcoming games and joked about the importance of defeating Hominy.
"In our first game after the (black and white) schools were integrated, we lost to Hominy," said Finley, a local minister and prior inductee to the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame. "And they didn’t have anything, we just lost.
"So I sure don’t want to lose to them tonight," Rev. Finley jokingly added.
The Pawhuska HOF Class of 2014 is comprised of:
—1984 graduate Lisa (Burd) Chamberlin, a top scorer for the Lady Huskies during the 3-on-3 era who went on to star as a collegiate player at Rogers State and Northeastern State Oklahoma;
—Phillip Rogers, a 1998 grad whose Huskie squads won 50 games in three years. Rogers was MVP of the Verdigris Valley Conference;
—1975 PHS grad Harrison Shackelford, who played on the 1973 state championship team as a sophomore and was named to the state all-tournament team during his senior season.
—Dr. Ron Brown, a key member of the Huskies’ championship team of 1970 who sent on to earned collegiate honors and play in the NCAA tournament for Oklahoma City University. After playing for USA teams at the international level, Brown became a coach and, for the last 30 years, has served as a counselor for collegiate athletes.
Following the banquet at Calvary Baptist Church, the PHS games were played across the street at Oren Terrill Field House — on the same court where the hall-of-famers had performed. The four inductees were introduced during halftime of the boys’ game.
Strong inside play from seniors Tyler Culver and Bryce Wilson helped Pawhuska out-score Hominy, 17-9, in the third quarter after being up by four (28-24) at halftime. The Huskies went in front of the Bucks six minutes into the game and never again trailed, although their biggest lead was six points until their third-quarter breakout.
During the run in the third, Pawhuska picked up a pair of buckets off inbounds passes under the home hoop — the first by Barnett on a throw-in by Marcus Young and the second by Culver on a pass from Barnett. A shot block and steal by Young led to a three-pointer by Redeagle that gave the Huskies their first double-digit lead (37-26) with a little over three minutes left in the period.
Steady scoring by the junior duo Redeagle and Barnett held the visitors at bay, with their points coming from the perimeter as well as on slashes to the bucket. It was a steal and score by Redeagle that put the Huskies ahead to stay, at 7-6, and the sharpshooting forward tallied six in the opening stanza and five in the third.
PHS coach Monty Unruh seemed particularly pleased with the performance of Barnett, who pulled down a game-high nine rebounds — with half of them coming on the offensive boards. The Huskies held a 29-to-20 rebounding advantage over the Bucks, who were topped by Jalen Alexander, who grabbed eight.
"He’s got the ability to get these kinds of numbers every night," Unruh said of Barnett, a solid, second-year starter.
Young had seven rebounds for Pawhuska and scored nine points, with a majority of them coming in dramatic fashion. At the conclusion of the first quarter, Young fought past defenders to put the Huskies ahead, 12-9, with a twisting, buzzer-beating lay-in. The third quarter ended with the senior guard hitting a fadeaway from the corner that put PHS in front by a dozen, at 45-33.
Hominy’s balanced scoring was led by George Fields with nine points, who had two of the Bucks’ three three-pointers. Logan Evans added eight points, with all of them coming in the middle quarters. Kolton Reed’s six points included a perfect five-for-five at the free-throw line, as Hominy finished nine-of-15 at the stripe compared to Pawhuska’s unspeakable four-for-19.
In the girls’ game, Genie Herren and Keylee Kirk combined for 31 points to propel the PHS Lady Huskies to their third win of the year in a 59-17 crushing of the Lady Bucks.
Pawhuska erased the only Hominy lead of the night (4-3) two minutes into the contest on a steal by sophomore Sarah Phillippi and basket by Andie Sweeden. A minute later, the Lady Huskies went in front for good on a jumper by Sweeden.
Outside shooting helped spark Pawhuska’s offense. Herren hit three-pointers in all four quarters for the Lady Huskies. The sophomore guard’s treys accounted for the first points of the game and the initial bucket of the second quarter.
Phillippi connected from long range in the first period and Mary Jo Upchurch dropped a bomb late in the contest that put the Lady Huskies in front by 40. Pawhuska, which has a roster of only seven players, nonetheless got a significant lift from its bench — comprised of freshmen Upchurch and Sidney Sellers.
Kirk scored 11 points in the third quarter as she began relentlessly attacking the bucket. The superb sophomore pulled down four rebounds in the period and also made three steals. Sweeden, a junior, had 10 steaks to lead the Lady Huskies. Five steals each were added by senior Haley Malaske and Kirk.
The Lady Bucks commited more than twice as many turnovers as their hosts. Coach Austin Minshall said turnovers have been the key factor in his PHS team’s three season victories.
"When we have controlled our turnovers, we’ve been all right — then, we’re a totally different team," said Minshall, who is in his third season with the Lady Huskies.
Pawhuska also held a decided rebounding edge over Hominy, at 32 to 14. Kirk pulled down seven boards and Malaske had six to lead a balanced Lady Huskie effort, while Phillippi and Sellers added five apiece. Kaitlyn Dobbins and Christian Supernaw grabbed five each for Hominy.
Following the holiday break, the PHS squads will resume their season schedules with a home game against the Caney Valley Trojans on Thursday, Jan. 9.
Pawhuska 54, Hominy 36 (boys)
Hominy: 9-15-9-3 — 36
Pawhuska: 12-16-17-9 — 54
Hominy Bucks (3-3) — George Fields 9, Logan Evans 8, Kolton Reed 6, Jalen Alexander 5, Edwin Mendez 5, Hayden Carnes 3. Coach: Jason Bates.
Pawhuska Huskies (2-4) — Trey Redeagle 15, Trent Barnett 12, Marcus Young 9, Tyler Culver 7, Bryce Wilson 6, Daniel Bogney 3, J.R. Young 2. Coach: Monty Unruh.
Pawhuska 59, Hominy 17 (girls)
Hominy: 6-4-3-4 — 17
Pawhuska: 13-10-16-20 — 59
Hominy Lady Bucks (0-6) — Cassie Owens 7, Hunter McElyea 4, Kaitlyn Dobbins 2, Christian Supernaw 2, Erin Casoose 2, Ashlee Jones 0, Darian Hinman 0. Coach: Michael Nordquist.
Pawhuska Lady Huskies (3-2) — Genie Herren 16, Keylee Kirk 15, Andie Sweeden 10, Sarah Phillippi 9, Haley Malaske 6, Mary Jo Upchurch 2, Sidney Sellers 1. Coach Austin Minshall.