ADAIR — As expected, Adair’s Warrior basketball teams mustered plenty of firepower Friday in wresting Class 3A district titles from their scrappy foes from Pawhuska High School.
The PHS squads fought bravely throughout the Area II District 4 contests before finally succumbed to the relentless onslaught of the formidable hosts.
Against the No. 1-ranked Adair girls, the Lady Huskies managed to grab the lead twice in the latter stages of the opening period. The Lady Warriors answered the challenges and went on to win their 23rd game of the year by overwhelming the visitors, 77-36.
An anemic second quarter doomed Pawhuska in the boys’ matchup. The Warriors outscored the Huskies, 18-4, in the stanza and rolled on to a 58-39 triumph.
Pawhuska and Adair will begin 3A Regional action Thursday at Sperry High School. The Lady Huskies are to play a 1:30 p.m. contest against the Newkirk Lady Tigers. Next up in the 3 p.m. game, the PHS boys will take on the tourney host Sperry Pirates, 3A’s No. 7-ranked team.
The Pirates are 18-5 following a Saturday district loss to Newkirk, 52-49. It was the second straight loss for Sperry, which fell to Skiatook earlier in the week.
Newkirk’s girls were defeated, 42-38, in their district game with the Lady Pirates. Sperry outscored the Lady Tigers in the final quarter, 14-4. The PHS girls competed well in two other February meetings with Newkirk, losing 43-32 on the road and, 11 days later, falling (40-28) at Pawhuska.
All seven Pawhuska players contributed points in a never-say-die effort for coach Austin Minshall. The Lady Huskies came out scoring and moved in front, 10-9, midway through the opening frame on a follow shot by Sydney Sellers. Two minutes later, PHS reclaimed the lead at 12-11 on an offensive rebound/layin by Andie Sweeden.
Sellers, a freshman, led the way for PHS with eight points and eight rebounds, while senior Haley Malaske added seven and seven totals for scoring and boards. Andie Sweeden of the Lady Huskies grabbed nine rebounds to match Adair’s Keni Lippe for top rebounding honors.
Kylie Looney knocked down seven three-pointers in racking 25 points for the home team. Mollie Kerr added 13 points, Bailey Stephens 10 and Kenni Lippe nine for the Lady Warriors, who committed only four turnovers in the game compared to 22 for the Lady Huskies.
Sellers snagged eight rebounds for Pawhuska and Malaske pulled down seven.
The Pawhuska boys stayed within two points of Adair in a 12-10 initial period, with sophomore point guard Bradley Moreland keying the surge with four quick points. But, the Warriors held the Huskies at bay until its a strong advantage on the boards allowed them to steadily pull away.
Adair increased its lead to 14 points at halftime (28-14) and 23 (44-21) at the end of three quarters. Jeremy McCollum hit for 14 points and Brock Martin added 10 for the home team, which improved to 14-9 with the win.
Tyler Culver scored 13 points for the Huskies, who will take a 7-14 mark into Thursday’s game at Sperry. The PHS boys are coached by Monty Unruh. Culver, a 6-3 senior center, hit five-for-five at the free-throw line versus Adair.
Trent Barnett added eight Huskie points and grabbed five rebounds. Moreland tallied six for the Huskies and Bailey Thompson chipped in five, all in the fourth quarter.
Pawhuska lost close decisions at Hominy in its regular-season finales last Tuesday night, Feb. 18. The Bucks rallied to a 44-43 win in the boys’ game, although the Huskies missed a shot to win at the buzzer. The PHS girls fell, 37-32, as the Lady Bucks sealed the victory by making free throws down the stretch.
ADAIR 77, PAWHUSKA 36
Lady Huskies: 14 6 7 9 — 36
Lady Warriors: 21 18 23 15 — 77
Pawhuska Lady Huskies (4-17)
Sydney Sellers 8, Haley Malaske 7, Keylee Kirk 6, Genie Herren 5, Sarah Phillippi 5, Andie Sweeden 3, Mary Jo Upchurch 2. Coach: Austin Minshall.
Adair Lady Warriors (23-1)
Kylie Looney 25, Molly Kerr 13, Bailey Stephens 10, Keni Lippi 9, Madi Wengerd 8, Jeni Fleming 6, Rendi Rogers 3, MacKenzie Pippin 2, Maddie Cherry 1. Coach: Scott Winfield.
Adair 58, Pawhuska 39
Pawhuska: 10 4 7 18 — 39
Adair: 12 18 16 14 — 58
Pawhuska Huskies (7-14)
Tyler Culver 13, Trent Barnett 8, Bradley Moreland 6, Bailey Thompson 5, Trey Redeagle 4, Daniel Bogney 3, Colton Hindman 2, Bryce Wilson 2, Hayden Henley 2. Coach: Monty Unruh.
Adair Warriors (14-9)
Jeremy McCollum 14, Brock Martin 10, B.J. Bradbury 6, ,Greg Oxford 6, Bo Rogers 4, Grant Dillman 4, Trevor Brand 3, Kevin Eby 3, Taylor Gilmer 2, Jeremy Eastin 2, Trey Cannady, Dustin Kincaid 2. Coach: Travis Cannady.