RAMONA — After coasting out to a healthy halftime lead Friday at Caney Valley High School, the Pawhuska Huskies had to battle from behind to secure the basketball victory that spoiled the Trojans’ homecoming.
Pawhuska built an 18-point advantage three minutes before intermission, but a 22-point eruption in the third-quarter propelled Caney Valley into the lead. The visiting Huskies regained their composure late in the period and escaped with the win by out-fighting the Trojans down the stretch.
Ten three-point shots — five for each team — showered the festivities. In the opening period, Trey Redeagle hit a trio of long-range shots for the Huskies. Pawhuska went in front, 16-4, when Eli Florence drilled a trey just before the buzzer. The Huskies recorded a 10-9 edge in the second frame and had the hosts doubled up on the scoreboard at halftime, 26-13.
For the second game in a row, PHS senior Daniel Bogney and sophomore Bradley Moreland supplied some much-needed energy off the bench for the Huskies.
Brandon McLaughlin kicked off the Caney Valley comeback by knocking down a three-pointer to open the second half. Less than a minute later, Dylan Wickham took up the cause, ringing up a trey from deep in the corner. The Trojans pulled within five when Wickham went coast-to-coast for a lay-in.
Midway through the third stanza, a three-ball by Bailey Eden put CVHS four points off the lead (29-25). A Logan Hunt lay-in and another three from Wickham cut the Trojan deficit to one. The home team went ahead, 32-31, on a Nick Vaughan bucket off a feed by Hunt with 1:28 showing on the clock. Three quick lead-changes followed before Trent Barnett nailed a trey to put the Huskies back on top (36-35) at the end of the quarter.
Caney Valley launched five of the six tri-bombs that went through in the third. In the decisive fourth frame, a trio of threes were tried and none were made — but the action heated up nearer to the basket. Wickham hit a follow to put the Trojans back in front before the Huskies re-took to the lead, 38-37, on free throws by Tyler Culver. McLaughlin tied the game at 39 on a turnaround jumper.
A steal and lay-in by Barnett moved Pawhuska back in front at the three-minute mark. Bryce Wilson began asserting himself on the boards for the Huskies and scored a follow shot that got the lead four with 1:45 to play.
After a pair of free throws by McLaughlin made it a two-point game, a personal foul under the Trojan bucket led to a technical-foul call that gave the visitors a five-point edge with less than a minute to play. Culver and Barnett hit free throws to preserve the Huskie lead for the victory.
Pawhuska was led in the battle on the boards by Wilson and Culver, who had eight apiece. Six of Wilson’s came during the final quarter. Caney Valley finished with 35 rebounds, two more than the Huskies. Hunter grabbed a game-high 10 boards for the Trojans, while McLaughlin had nine and Wickham seven.
Balanced scoring on both sides showed Redeagle with 11 points, Florence with 10, Culver nine and Barnett and Wilson with eight each for the Huskies. Pawhuska found the mark on 17 of its 55 shots from the field and canned five of eight from three-point range.
Wickham put in 13 for the Trojans to take game-high honors, while McLaughlin had 10 and Vaughan eight for Caney Valley. CVHS hit 17 of 50 field-goal attempts and five of 12 three-point tries.
Redeagle also made five steals and blocked a shot for Pawhuska. Barnett had three steals and played a key role in helping the visitors hold to their course during the shaky third period. The Huskies turned the ball over 14 times, three fewer than the Trojans.
PHS will take a brief break before heading to Blackwell for a Friday contest.
PERRY 39, HUSKIES 38
By scoring only one point over the final 10 minutes, the Huskies allowed the Perry Maroons to erase a nine-point deficit and claim a 39-38 victory Thursday night at PHS’s Oren Terrill Field House.
"That was a tough one to lose," Pawhuska coach Monty Unruh said following the game. "We just didn’t do anything on offense in the fourth quarter."
The Maroons were sparked by a game-high 18 points from 6-5 senior center Chris Adams, who also posted leading totals in rebounds with nine, steals (four) and blocked shots (three). He scored 11 of Perry’s 18 second-half points and six of its last nine. A free throw by Jake Albritton gave the visitors their initial tie of the game, at 37-37, with 6:12 remaining in the fourth quarter.
One minute and 38 seconds later, Albritton nailed a short jumper to put Perry in front for the first time.
Pawhuska cut the Maroon lead to one, 39-38, with a free throw at the 4:16 mark — but never scored again. The Huskies went the last three minutes without even getting off a shot from the field. Adams blocked two shots before being called for a foul with two minutes to play. Twice, the hosts missed chances to tie the score on free throws and they also committed three turnovers down the stretch. The Huskies were given additional opportunities when the Maroons also failed to convert at the line, but Pawhuska was called for a walk with 15 seconds left and, with seven seconds remaining, botched a designed play off an inbounds pass.
Following another Perry missed free throw with two seconds showing on the clock, Pawhuska’s Bryce Wilson grabbed the rebound and heaved a futile final shot 75 feet off the backboard glass as time expired. Three-pointers fueled runs in the first and third quarters for the Huskies, who connected six times from long range. Pawhuska got a pair of tri-bombs from junior Trey Redeagle in the opening frame and one in the second, while senior Eli Florence also popped a first-quarter three. The home team upped its three-point halftime lead to nine points (37-28) with 2:22 left in the third on Trent Barnett’s second trey of the period.
Offensively, the Huskies knocked down 14 of 33 field-goal attempts, including six of 11 from three-point range. Pawhuska made just four of 11 free throws, however. Redeagle topped the hosts by scoring 13 points, while Florence and Barnett each tallied seven.
Perry was 15-for-35 from the field and sank six of 16 charity shots. The Maroons rang up four three-pointers out of 15 attempts, with all coming in the first half when they were battling to keep pace with the hot-shooting hosts. Pawhuska had a slight rebounding edge (21 to 18), but Perry grabbed nine offensive rebounds compared to four for the Huskies. The Maroons turned the ball over 18 times, two less than the Huskies.
IRONMEN 53, HUSKIES 30
NOWATA — Scott Pruett and K.C. Boultinghouse formed a two-Ironman wrecking crew Tuesday night, Jan. 28, as the Nowata High School boys’ team completed a home hoops sweep with a 53-30 triumph over the Huskies.
Pruett scored 16 and Boultinghouse added 14 for the Ironmen, while PHS was led by Trey Redeagle with seven. Tyler Culver and J.R. Young contributed five apiece for the Huskies
Nowata’s boys never looked back after breaking free from Pawhuska in the second quarter. The contest will possibly be the last that PHS will play in the old Nowata High School gymnasium. Varsity action was supposed to have already moved to a new NHS facility, but its opening is still awaited following construction delays.
In the final minute of the opening period, Culver converted a three-point play to put the visiting Huskies in front, 7-6. A trey from the top of the arc by Pruett tied the score at nine for the Ironmen three minutes into the second stanza. Midway through the period, Boultinghouse cashed in from the same spot to put the home team ahead for good.
The Ironmen dropped through five straight free throws to end the first half with a 21-13 advantage. Boultinghouse took over in the third quarter, taking the ball to the hoop for six consecutive Ironmen points. Entering the final frame, the home team’s lead was 14 — at 32-18. The Ironmen outscored the visitors by 21-to-12 down the stretch and wrapped up their ninth win of the season under first-year head coach Gary Hollingshead.
Pawhuska connected on nine of 44 shots from the field and was two-for-10 on three-pointers. The Huskies made 10 of 16 free throws. The Ironmen canned 21 of 55 field goals, eight 0f 12 charity shots and were three-for-13 from long range.
Nowata dominated the game’s rebounding, finishing with 47 boards (including 18 on the offensive end) compared to 23 (eight offensive) for Pawhuska. Boultinghouse had a game-high 11 rebounds and was followed by Matt Price with seven. Bryce Wilson pulled down six and Culver had five for the Huskies.
IRONMEN 53, HUSKIES 30
Pawhuska 7 - 6 - 5 - 12 — 30
Nowata 6 - 15 - 11 - 21 — 53
Pawhuska Huskies (5-8) — Trey Redeagle 7, Tyler Culver 5, J.R. Young 5, Trent Barnett 4, Matthew Rector 3, Bryce Wilson 2, Eli Florence 2, Daniel Bogney 2, Marcus Young 0, Hayden Henley 0, Bailey Thompson 0, Lane Hogan 0, Brad Moreland 0. Coach: Monty Unruh.
Nowata Ironmen (9-6) — Scott Pruett 18, K.C. Boultinghouse 16, Nate Moore 4, Matt Price 4, Will Luster 3, Vincent Smith 2, Justin Barnes 2, Justin Stark 2, Tyler Brock 0, Tim Callahan 0. Coach: Gary Hollingshead.
MAROONS 39, HUSKIES 38
Perry 11 10 9 9 — 39
Pawhuska 14 10 13 1 — 38
Perry Maroons (5-11) — Chris Adams 18, Landon Matteson 6, Logan Lewis 5, Jake Albritton 5, James Boone 3, Blake Weaver 2. Coach: Brandon Hight.
Pawhuska Huskies (6-9) — Trey Redeagle 13, Eli Florence 7, Trent Barnett 7, Bryce Wilson 4, Tyler Culver 3, Daniel Bogner 2, Bradley Moreland 2. Coach: Monty Unruh.
HUSKIES 48, TROJANS 43
Pawhuska 16 - 10 - 10 - 12 — 48
Caney Valley 4 - 9 - 22 - 8 — 43
Pawhuska Huskies (7-9) — Trey Redeagle 11, Eli Florence 10, Tyler Culver 9, Trent Barnett 8, Bryce Wilson 8, Daniel Bogney 2, Bradley Moreland 0. Coach: Monty Unruh.
Caney Valley Trojans (4-11) — Dylan Wickham 13, Brandon McLaughlin 10, Nick Vaughan 8, Logan Hunt 6, Bailey Eden 5, Cooper Eden 1, Matt Bullick 0. Coach: Donnie Scott.