On a night when they had been treated to dinnertime stories about the past glories of Pawhuska High School basketball, the 2019-20 Huskies and Lady Huskies raised their season records to 15 wins, 5 losses each.
The Lady Huskies slugged it out in the opening game, earning a hard-fought 50-35 victory over the Dewey Lady Bulldoggers. The Huskies won the nightcap, 66-45.
The Pawhuska teams were scheduled to play three more regular season games apiece — at home this Monday versus Woodland, on the road at Barnsdall on Valentine's evening, and at home next Tuesday against Pawnee.
The Lady Huskies squandered an 18-10 advantage over Dewey in the first half Friday, falling behind 19-18 just before intermission. Then, just before time expired, Arianna Soliano threw up a long shot from nearly half court and it went in to put the Lady Huskies up 21-19. When the second half began, Dewey briefly tied Pawhuska at 21, but the Lady Huskies then established a narrow lead that they never surrendered.
At the end of three quarters, Pawhuska led 29-25. With just over four minutes left in the game, they led 41-30, and they continued to pull away for their second win this season over 3A Dewey. The Lady Huskies put together a 65-51 win Jan. 6 at Dewey.
The game Friday was physical, with the two teams mixing it up right to the end. That characteristic carried over into the boys game, as well.
Dewey initially got out ahead of the Huskies, leading 9-4 with 4:26 to go in the opening quarter of the boys game, but Jake Christenson's squad chiseled away at the Bulldoggers' advantage and took a 12-11 lead by the end of the period.
Things stayed relatively tight for a while, with Pawhuska up by three, 19-16, with 3:05 left in the half. Matthew Miles then broke it open a little, adding two 3-pointers to make it 25-16 for Pawhuska. The Huskies led 30-20 at the half and looked to be starting to pull away on the strength of their long-ball shooting; the Bulldoggers, however, had other ideas.
In the third quarter, Dewey did some shooting of its own, getting open for long shots. The score for the quarter was 14-13 in favor of Dewey, and the game score after three periods was 43-34 for the Huskies.
The Bulldoggers pulled within seven points of Pawhuska, but the Huskies began to force turnovers and extend their lead. Pawhuska led 60-39 inside of four minutes to go and coasted to the finish from there.