Barnsdall, Pawhuska split wins

Robert Smith
Pawhuska junior Alyssa Reynolds looks to pass the ball during varsity girls action last Friday night in Barnsdall. The Lady Huskies fought hard but lost a 41-29 decision to the Lady Panthers in Barnsdall. Robert Smith/Journal-Capital

BARNSDALL — It sure felt like rivalry high school basketball last Friday night, as kids who live just miles apart but attend different small, rural high schools battled each other for bragging rights.

The Barnsdall Lady Panthers defended their home turf, winning a 41-29 victory over the visiting Lady Huskies of Pawhuska. The scoring began a little slowly, with no points on either side for just over three minutes. As a result of aggressive defense and good shooting, Barnsdall pushed out to an 11-6 lead but Pawhuska fought back and the score was 11-10 for Barnsdall at the end of a quarter.

In the second quarter, Barnsdall once more developed a lead, taking a 20-11 advantage with just over four minutes to go in the half. At the intermission, the score was 23-15 for Barnsdall.

By the end of three periods, it was 29-17 in favor of the Lady Panthers and Barnsdall hit a three early in the fourth quarter to make it 32-17.

Pawhuska scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, but so did Barnsdall, and so there was no Pawhuska rally.

In the nightcap, it looked for more than three quarters like the Barnsdall boys would win comfortably, or at least by a little. But the Huskies kept on coming.

At the half, the Pawhuska boys were down to Barnsdall, 29-18. By the end of three quarters, it was 40-32. With just 5:08 left, it was Barnsdall 42 and Pawhuska 32. But that’s when the Huskies began to make their move. They cut the Barnsdall lead to 42-36 with 3:32 left, to 42-39 with 2:33 left and to 44-42 with just over two minutes to go.

Pawhuska drew even with the Panthers with 1:22 left on the clock and the two teams tumbled into overtime with the score knotted at 46-46. The Huskies entered the OT with the hot hand and got off to a fast start, pulling out to a 54-49 lead with about a minute and a half left in the four-minute extra period.

The Huskies finished it off at 57-52, and took revenge for Barnsdall’s overtime victory Dec. 15 in the championship game of the Pawhuska Tournament. Barnsdall won that game, 63-59.

The victory raised Pawhuska’s season record to 9-5, while dropping Barnsdall to 11-1. The Panthers beat Woodland on Monday to raise their record to 12-1, heading into a Tuesday night game at Copan.

On the girls side of the action, the Lady Huskies dropped to 7-7 with the loss to Barnsdall. The Lady Panthers dropped a game Monday against Woodland and were 8-5 heading into a Tuesday night game at Copan.

Pawhuska and Barnsdall are scheduled to see each other again, on Feb. 8 in Pawhuska to end the regular season.