The Pawhuska High School girls and boys basketball teams improved their season records to 7-1 apiece in action last Friday night at home. Coach David Cash’s girls team won a narrow decision, 53-47, with effective defense late. Coach Jake Christenson’s boys team defeated Agra 80-34 in what turned into a rout.


Players for the two schools already had some familiarity with one another, having played games at Agra before the Christmas break. Pawhuska also won those matchups, the girls by a score of 50-41, and the boys by a 60-57 count.


The Lady Huskies got off to a slow start Friday, trailing 4-0, after nearly two minutes of play. They began to gather a head of steam, however, and an Alyssa Reynolds three-pointer late in the first quarter put Pawhuska up 12-6. The quarter ended with the score 12-9 in favor of the home team. In the second quarter, Pawhuska’s speed and defensive prowess began to show, and the Lady Huskies surged out to a 22-12 lead with a little more than three minutes left in the half.


Agra narrowed the gap to six by the intermission, with the Lady Huskies leading 24-18 when they headed to the locker room. With a little more touch on some of their shots, the PHS girls could easily have scored another ten or so points in the second quarter.


In the third quarter, both teams experienced some early frustration. The score remained 24-18 for about two minutes, and then the Lady Huskies and Lady Bearcats began to struggle for momentum. Pawhuska was up by eight with 57.6 seconds left in the third period, but Agra closed that to 37-32 in favor of Pawhuska by the end of the period.


In the final period, Agra caught Pawhuska with 4:07 to go, evening the score at 42-42. A few seconds later, Agra took a one-point lead, 43-42. That’s when senior Tatyana Curry converted a turnover into a layup, putting Pawhuska back on top for good. Curry made another important play with less than two minutes left, taking a long pass from a teammate and scoring. The score was 48-45 for Pawhuska.


Cash said afterward that it had been an “ugly” win, but most importantly a win. He noted that the officiating had been strict and his team may have had more fouls than points.


In the nightcap, Jake Christenson’s Huskies got off to a fast start, leading Agra by a count of 9-0 with 5:54 to go in the opening quarter. Then the Bearcats got hot and with 3:45 to go in the quarter, Agra was ahead 10-9. The energy then changed again, and the Huskies went on a 10-point run to finish the quarter with a 19-10 lead.


In the second quarter, Agra hung tight and trailed 27-18, when PHS sophomore Ty Chinn hit a three-pointer to extend the Huskies’ lead to 30-18. Pawhuska was up 35-18 at the half, and 55-31 by the end of three periods. In the final period, the Huskies broke the game wide open. With 6:06 to go, the score was 64-33 for Pawhuska. From that point on, the home team outscored the visitors 16-1. Late in the game, reserves were playing for both sides.


The Huskies’ win over Agra was their third straight by a wide margin. Right before the holiday break, Pawhuska defeated Hominy by a count of 61-34 and Barnsdall by 71-35.


The Pawhuska teams, which are 2A for basketball, were scheduled to be on the road Monday night at 3A Dewey.