KIEFER — Pawhuska High School seniors Kailee Hambright and Keylee Kirk came scored all 16 fourth-quarter points to keep the Lady Huskies’ hopes alive Friday in the Class 2A basketball playoffs.
Kirk and Hambright came up big at crunch time in PHS’ consolation semifinals’ triumph, 48-44, over No. 16-ranked Drumright at the Area 1 Regional at the Kiefer Events Center. The Lady Huskies needed an all-team effort to survive the Lady Tornadoes, who finished the year with a 17-8 record.
Drumright held a four-point advantage, 14-10, after the opening period and the contest was tied, 23-23, at intermission. The Tornadoes started the fourth quarter ahead by one, 33-32, before Hambright’s three-pointer and steal/layup by Kirk pushed the Pawhuskans in front.
There were seven lead changes in the second half, including three in the last quarter. The Lady Huskies kept the outcome in doubt by missing nine of 13 free throws in the closing minutes. For the game, Pawhuska converted 10 of its 26 shots from the line, while the Lady Tornadoes made 14 of 27. Drumright outrebounded PHS, 32 to 28, and committed fewer turnovers (24 compared to 27).
Pawhuska’s six 3-pointers included three by Kailee Hambright, two by her sophomore sister (Mya Hambright) and one by senior Sarah Phillippi. Drumright connected on two shots from long range. For the most part, Pawhuska played without scoring leader Sydney Sellers. The 6-foot junior center had three fouls by the middle of the second quarter. She returned for less than a minute before drawing No. 4 at the start of the third. Sellers fouled out less than 20 seconds into the fourth. Her totals for the day were one point and two rebounds.
Sellers scored 19 points and Kailee Hambright added 10 in Thursday’s sub-Regional victory, 46-38, over Crossing Christian. The PHS girls held a one-point edge (13-12) at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to five, 28-23, at halftime. After taking a 38-32 advantage into the final period, the Lady Huskies saw the Lady Patriots pull back to within a pair with two minutes remaining.
Cashion is 135 miles west of Pawhuska and the Lady Huskies 75 miles south of town for last two rounds of the Regional. A victory over Rejoice would have resulted in a far westward journey to Enid.
Pawhuska was eliminated from the playoffs Saturday by the Rejoice Christian Lady Eagles (13-13). Exactly one week earlier, the Lady Huskies lost to Rejoice by nine, 41-32, in the district finals at Hominy. The local girls finished with a 14-14 record. (Both times the Lady Huskies topped the .500 mark for wins-defeats this season, losses to Rejoice evened their record.)
PHS head coach Lauri Shatswell said she felt "we are a better team" than the Lady Eagles, but had posted sub-par performances in both of the losses to Rejoice.
"We had some girls hurting a little bit on Saturday," the Lady Huskie coach said. "I think some of them were starting to get exhausted."
PHS 48, DRUMRIGHT 44
Drumright: 14 - 9 - 10 - 11 — 44
Pawhuska: 10 - 13 - 9 - 16 — 48
Drumright Lady Tornadoes (17-8) — Alee Harmon 11, Avi Overstreet 8, Makenzie Flewellen 7, Sophi Foran 7, Garin Dudley 4, Aimee Tharp 4, Madison Gray 4, Andreea Turner 2, Ciera Endicott 0. Coach: Gennifer Dudley.
Pawhuska Lady Huskies (14-13) — Kailee Hambright 15, Keylee Kirk 12, Mya Hambright 8, Sarah Phillippi 3, Sydney Sellers 1, Star Sweeden 6, Kyleigh Riebel 3, Genie Herren 0, Sierra Sellers 0, Blake Allen 0. Coach: Lauri Shatswell.
REJOICE 35, PAWHUSKA 21
Lady Eagles: 4 - 17 - 4 - 10 — 35
Lady Huskies: 8 -3 - 6 - 4 —21
Rejoice Christian Lady Eagles (14-13) — Kaylee Stevens 12, Avery Jones 8, Kaleigh Revard 7, Sydnee Schovanec 5, Kaitlyn Meyer 3. Coach: Raina Foote.
Pawhuska Lady Huskies (14-14) — Sydney Sellers 5, Keylee Kirk 5, Sarah Phillippi 3, Kailee Hambright 2, Kyleigh Riebel 2, Genie Herren 2, Star Sweeden 2, Mya Hambright 0, Sierra Sellers 0. Coach: Lauri Shatswell.