The Pawhuska girls basketball team pulled of the biggest win so far this season Tuesday night, coach Luke Broadbent said.
The Lady Huskies (7-3) handed Class 3A’s 19th-ranked Newkirk its second loss of the season with a 39-32 victory in the Lady Tigers’ gym. Newkirk (5-2) had rolled off five consecutive victories after a season opening loss to Frontier.
“Last night was one of the biggest wins in school history. To go on the road and beat a ranked team was important,” Broadbent said.
The Lady Huskies used their pressure defense to leap out to an 8-1 first-quarter advantage. Newkirk rallied, narrowing the gap to 16-14 at half.
In the third quarter, the Lady Tigers tied the game at 16-all and 18-all. Then, Pawhuska built a 10-point lead. Once again, the Lady Tigers narrowed the gap. Pawhuska lead by six entering the final stanza.
Newkirk pulled within 1 at 28-27 in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Huskies refused to fold. Kaiti Moen’s layup put Pawhuska up by five.
“It became a free-throw battle after that,” Broadbent said.
Moen led the Lady Huskies with 11 points. Alyssa Reynolds added 7. Star Sweeden and Kyleigh Riebel added 5 each.
“We really played great defense,” Broadbent said. “We pressed all night and our press worked well. They (Newkirk) never got comfortable."
The Lady Huskies will need another great defensive night on Friday when Pawhuska hosts the Dewey Lady Bulldogers (2-5) at 6:30 p.m. at Oren Terrill Fieldhouse.