Full measures of valor were displayed by both losing teams Monday night in the twice-delayed local basketball meetings between the Pawhuska Huskies and their Osage County neighbors, the Barnsdall Panthers.
The Lady Huskies battled down to their next-to-last girl during a 55-45 home defeat against the Lady Panthers. And, the Barnsdall boys never called retreat in their 60-52 loss to the Huskies — despite dominating performances for PHS by Bryce Wilson and Trent Barnett, with strong supporting efforts from Tyler Culver and Trey Redeagle.
Barnett scored 17 points off the bench (an unusual role for the junior resulting from a "Senior Night" starting lineup). He also knocked down all six of his shots from the free-throw line, including four down the stretch that put the contest out of reach for the visitors.
Wilson, a senior, celebrated the occasion by picking up nine of his 11 points in the opening period, when the Huskies scored the last 10 points to assume a 17-6 lead. He also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds to help Pawhuska gain a 22-17 edge over Barnsdall on the boards. Five of Wilson’s rebounds came at the offensive end and three of those led directly to Huskie field goals.
Joe Gott scored 17 and Spencer Wilson added 14 to keep the visiting Panthers in contention. The visitors hit six of 12 three-point attempts, with Gott canning three, Wilson two and Brandon Marshall getting the other. Barnett and senior Eli Florence had a trey apiece for the Huskies, who attempted only seven.
The Panthers sank 15 of its 22 free throws, with Gott sinking eight straight, while PHS made good on 14 of its 22 attempts from the line.
A not-so-grand total of 65 fouls were whistled in the girls’ game and, during the final 10 minutes, five Pawhuska players were disqualified from the contest after collecting their fifth personals. Only two Lady Huskies — Andie Sweeden and freshman Mary Jo Upchurch — remained on the court when time mercifully expired.
Pawhuska jumped out to a 6-0 advantage and maintained a 12-8 edge after the opening period. With 3:30 to play before halftime, Ciara McCabe gave Barnsdall its first lead (19-17) with a top-side three-pointer. Three seconds remained in the second quarter when LaKeesha LeFlore nailed a trey from the top of the arc that sent the Lady Panthers into the locker room up by 25-23.
Four straight steals by LeFlore got Barnsdall rolling in the third stanza. The visitors moved up by 12 with three minutes to go, but Pawhuska fought back to within six on a three-point play by senior Haley Malaske. The Lady Huskies made it a four-point margin (40-36) on a Genie Herren bucket 25 seconds before the period ended.
Fouls started being a problem for the PHS when freshman center Sydney Sellers fouled out with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Following a three-pointer by Herren that put the Lady Huskies four points down (43-39) with six minutes remaining, Pawhuska’s foul woes became increasingly more critical.
Having little resistance to a war of attrition, the seven-member PHS team lost Malaske on fouls 2:15 before the end of regulation. The Lady Huskie unit was reduced to a non-traditional four players when Sarah Phillippi was called for her fifth with 1:52 to go. Barnsdall got the lead back to double digits via a trey by ex-Lady Huskie Skyla Graham at the 1:13 mark. A foul was called on the play against Herren, reducing the number of eligible Huskies to three — and it was diminished to two a few seconds later when Keylee Kirk racked up her fifth.
The Lady Panthers failed to take advantage of free-throw opportunities, making just 11 of 41 attempts (less than 27 percent). Pawhuska’s charity shooting was equally bleak as the Lady Huskies went eight for 34 (for 24 percent) at the line.
Barnsdall improved to 13-9 on the season. The Pawhuska girls dropped to 7-12, sustaining the seventh setback in their last eight outings.
Pawhuska had another all-Osage County regular season matchup set for Tuesday night at Hominy. On Friday, the Huskies and the Lady Huskies will face tough district assignments with 6:30 and 8 p.m. road games in Adair. The Lady Warriors have lost only once all year and hold the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A.
Win or lose, the PHS hoops squads will advance to next week’s Regional Tournament action at Sperry.
BARNSDALL 55, PAWHUSKA 45
Lady Panthers 8 17 15 15 — 55
Lady Huskies 12 11 13 9 — 45
Barnsdall Lady Panthers (13-9)
Skyla Graham 13, Brandy Gay 9, LaKeesha LeFlore 9, Alyssa Babb 8, McKaylan McCabe 7, Ciara McCabe 7, Kori Hatfield 2, Courtney Swift 0, Kaleigh Townley 0. Coach: Joe Gilbert.
Pawhuska Lady Huskies (4-15)
Genie Herren 15, Sydney Sellers 7, Haley Malaske 7, Mary Jo Upchurch 7, Sarah Phillippi 4, Keylee Kirk 3, Andie Sweeden 2. Coach: Austin Minshall.
HUSKIES 60, PANTHERS 52
Barnsdall 6 16 14 16 — 52
Pawhuska 17 11 17 15 — 60
Barnsdall Panthers (5-17) — Joe Gott 17, Spencer Wilson 14, Brandon Marshall 11, Hunter Hansen 4, Tyler Swift 2, Caleb Smith 2, Tyler Wilson 2, Trenton Cooper 0, David Chuning 0. Coach: Jake Christenson.
Pawhuska Huskies (7-12) —Trent Barnett 17, Bryce Wilson 11, Tyler Culver 9, Trey Redeagle 8, Eli Florence 5, Bradley Moreland 4, Hayden Henley 4, Daniel Bogney 2, Mason Moody 0. Coach: Monty Unruh.
PHS DOGS TIGERS
The Pawhuska squads dogged both of their Newkirk opponents throughout last Friday night’s home matchups before the visitors emerged triumphant — with the Tigers closing out a 62-40 boys’ win following a 40-28 victory in the girls’ contest.
Newkirk’s boys snapped a 24-24 tie with a six-point run in the closing seconds of the opening half and pulled steadily away from from the hosts over the final two quarters of the boys’ game. Earlier, the Lady Tigers used seven three-point field goals to hold off challenges from the Lady Huskies.
The Lady Huskies fell behind by 10 points at the start. Bailey Wilson got the the visitors on track by canning a pair of treys in the first 51 seconds. The Lady Huskies rallied back to trail by only one point (13-12) in the initial minute into the second period when freshman Sellers connected from 15 feet away.
Consecutive treys by Newkirk’s Rian Watters offset PHS inside buckets of Kirk and Sellers. After another three-pointer put Newkirk up six, sophomore Herren connected from long range (off the glass) to pull the Lady Huskies to within three, at 22-19. Kirk hit a scoop shot in the lane with 19 seconds to go in the half, but the Tigers were ahead by seven, 28-21, at the break.
It took more than five minutes for either squad to put points on the board in the third quarter, which ended with the Lady Tigers holding a 33-23 advantage. The final stanza saw Newkirk outscore the Lady Huskies, 7-5, with Malaske and Sellers making the only second-half field goals for Pawhuska (4-14).
Sellers finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots for the Lady Huskies, while Herren tallied eight points. Wilson of Newkirk led all scorers with 16 points. Watters and Kenna Pulley added nine apiece for the Lady Tigers, who improved to 11-9.
Sweeden and Malaske grabbed four rebounds each as Pawhuska finished with a total of 21 boards, one fewer than the victors. Newkirk turned the ball over 10 times in the game while PHS committed just 14 turnovers.
Wilson and Watters had three three-pointers apiece for Newkirk and Kenna Pulley added the other. The Lady Tigers made seven of 19 three-point tries (37 percent) and 12 of its 33 shots from the field and nine of 12 free throws. Pawhuska converted 11 field goals out of 31 attempts and sank three of 10 at the free-throw line.
Pawhuska jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes of the boys’ game, with Redeagle contributing a three-point play, a steal and an assist. The Huskies still held a 12-10 edge at the end of the opening period. Early in the second quarter, PHS extended its lead to six on layups by Bradley Moreland and Tyler Culver.
Newkirk moved ahead for the first time of the night — at 19-18 — midway through period No. 2. Five lead changes and a pair of ties followed. Less than a minute remained in the period when Culver was called for a charge that nullified a basket and kept the score deadlocked, 24-24.
Seconds later, at the other end of the court, Hayden Bergman put the Tigers in front with a baseline floater. Back-to-back scores off steals by Dylan Vap sent the visitors into halftime with a 30-24 advantage. Newkirk took a 10-point edge with two minutes gone in the third quarter on a three-pointer by Trevor Johnson. Pawhuska entered the fourth period trailing the visitors by 17 (47-30).
Leading the way for Newkirk was Johnson, who recorded game-leading totals with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Two other Tigers also scored in double digits — Bergman (11) and Vap (10). Andrew Leaming contributed eight points and six rebounds.
Culver finished with 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Huskies. Barnett and Florence each scored six points for PHS, while Redeagle added five. Moreland’s four points included a three-pointer from the corner that gave the home team its final lead of the night — at 24-23 — with a little over two minutes to play in period No. 2.
It was the second straight win for the Newkirk boys’ squad (11-9), which defeated Class 2A’s No. 6-ranked Pawnee Black Bears, 64-40, last Friday after losing seven of its previous eight games.
TIGERS 62, HUSKIES 40
Newkirk 10 20 17 15 — 62
Pawhuska 12 12 6 10 — 40
Newkirk Tigers (11-9)
Trevor Johnson 22, Hayden Bergman 11, Dylan Vap 10, Andrew Leaming 8, Tanner Bergman 7, Corey Vap 2, Ryan Lusk 2. Coach: Jeremy Young.
Pawhuska Huskies (6-12 )
Tyler Culver 10, Trent Barnett 6, Eli Florence 6, Trey Redeagle 5, Bradley Moreland 4, Bryce Wilson 4, Hayden Henley 2, Mason Moody 0, Daniel Bogney 0, Matthew Rector 0. Coach: Monty Unruh.
NEWKIRK 40, PAWHUSKA 28
Lady Tigers 13 15 5 7 — 40
Lady Huskies 9 12 2 5 — 28
Newkirk Lady Tigers (12-8)
Bailey Wilson 16, Kenna Pulley 9, Rian Watters 9, Kyndal Pulley 3, Madison Smith 2, Brooke Barden 1. Coach: Dwight Winburn.
Pawhuska Lady Huskies (4-14)
Sydney Sellers 10, Genie Herren 8, Haley Malaske 5, Keylee Kirk 4, Sarah Phillippi 1, Andie Sweeden o, Mary Jo Upchurch 0. Coach: Austin Minshall.
EARLY LEADS COSTLY
Host Pawhuska spotted the visiting Nowata High School teams double-digit leads at the starts of both the girls and boys basketball games Thursday night, and the Ironmen held off a strong comeback attempt to complete a season sweep of the Huskies.
Efficiency at the free-throw line and a big edge in turnovers helped the Nowata boys (11-9) claim a 51-39 triumph. In the early contest, the Lady Ironmen scored the first 15 points and were never seriously challenged in a 37-20 victory that evened their season record at 10 wins and 10 losses.
The Ironmen moved out to a 14-0 advantage in the late game, with 6-4 junior center Matt Price recording six points and six rebounds in the opening quarter. Nowata extended its lead to 20 points in the second period and took a 28-11 score into the break. The Huskies fought back in the second half behind determined efforts by Barnett and seniors Wilson and Culver.
Pawhuska reduced the lead to 10 at the end of the third period and cut it to four twice in the final stanza. With 4:12 remaining, Florence hit a reverse layup to pull the Huskies to within 43-39. But, the Ironmen answered with five quick points to push the margin back to nine on a corner three-pointer by Price with 2:40 remaining — and Pawhuska failed to score again.
Price finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Nowata. He was six-for-six on free-throw attempts, as the visitors knocked down 22 of their 36 charity tosses. Pawhuska made 14 of 19 at the line, with Barnett canning nine of 10. The Huskies turned the ball over 28 times compared to 17 by the Ironmen. Pawhuska grabbed 36 rebounds (including 13 offensive) while Nowata had 34 (13).
K.C. Boultinghouse added 14 points and eight boards for the Ironmen, who were sparked by four-steal outings by Nate Moore and Cody Smith. Leading the Huskies in scoring was Barnett, who got all 15 of his points in the second half. Daniel Bogney pulled down eight rebounds for the home team, while Wilson grabbed seven.
Twenty seconds into the girls’ contest, Nowata went in front on a corner three-pointer. That lead became five less than a minute later. Following a seven-minute scoreless stretch, the Lady Ironmen went up 8-0 on a trey just before of the first-quarter ended.
Pawhuska finally got on the scoreboard with 4:37 remaining in the second quarter when freshman Mary Jo Upchurch hit the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity. She missed her second shot, but the other PHS ninth-grader —Sellers — scored off a rebound to make it 14-3. The home team pulled within eight points twice, at 15-6 in the second quarter and 21-13 with a minute left in the third.
Josey Hale led a balanced effort for the Lady Ironmen with seven points and six rebounds.
IRONMEN 51, HUSKIES 39
Nowata 14 14 10 13 — 51
Pawhuska 4 7 17 11 — 39
Nowata Ironmen (11-9)
Matt Price 15, K.C. Boultinghouse 14, Scott Pruett 7, Nate Moore 6, Tyler Brock 5, Seth Glasscock 5, Cody Smith 5, T.J. Wilson 0, Will Luster 0, Michael Velasco 0. Coach: Gary Hollingshead.
Pawhuska Huskies (6-11)
Trent Barnett 15, Tyler Culver 7, Daniel Bogney 5, Bradley Moreland 4, Bryce Wilson 3, Trey Redeagle 2, Eli Florence 2, Matthew Rector 0, Hayden Henley 0, Bailey Thompson 0. Coach: Monty Unruh.
NOWATA 37, PAWHUSKA 20
Lady Ironmen 8 9 8 12 — 37
Lady Huskies 0 6 7 7 — 20
Nowata Lady Ironmen (10-10)
Josey Hale 7, Alexis Mayhew 6, Mamie Tiry 6, Aeschli Truesdell 6, Reva Smith 4, Justice Owens 3, Halley Hewitt 3, Emily Belden 2, Haley Freeman 0, Megan Rohrbough 0, Alicia Mayhew 0. Coach: Glen Hass.
Pawhuska Lady Huskies (4-13)
Sydney Sellers 7, Sarah Phillippi 6, Mary Jo Upchurch 3, Haley Malaske 2, Keylee Kirk 2, Andie Sweeden 0, Genie Herren 0. Coach: Austin Minshall.