PHS Lady Huskies win berth in state tournament

Natasha Olsen

Pawhuska defeated Merritt by a score of 47-44 on Saturday night, March 4, in a game that went back and forth. There were seven lead changes. The Lady Huskies took the lead for good on a free throw by Hannah Reynolds.

Pawhuska played particularly well in the second quarter, outscoring Merritt by a count of 13-8. Trailing 13-12, the Lady Huskies took the initiative and built a 21-16 lead at the half. They continued to build that lead until, trailing 41-27, Merritt went on a 12-point run to close the margin to a single two-point basket.

Reynolds was the leading scorer for Head Coach Dave Cash's squad with 16 points. The Lady Huskies shot relatively well from the perimeter, going 4-12 on three-point attempts. Reynolds made 10-of-18 free throws., and Pawhuska attempted 28.

Pawhuska played its trademark stifling defense, blocking three shots and grabbing 15 steals. Reynolds knocked down two shots beyond the arc. The Lady Huskies passed the ball well, with nine assists on 13 made baskets. They also rebounded the ball well, collecting 31 boards. Senior Miya Curry led the team with nine rebounds.

Contributing to the Pawhuska cause were: Hannah Reynolds (16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 7 steals, and 1 block); Miya Curry (15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals); Fallon Bowman (5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 2 blocks); Madison Easley (5 points and 1 steal);  Shanell Cochrane (4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal); Pari Harper (2 points and 3 rebounds); and Gloria Baker (3 rebounds).

The fans were going wild as they cheered for the Lady Huskies all throughout the game.  The Lady Huskies made Pawhuska history as they punched their ticket to State.

Pawhuska, now 25-4 for the season, won three games in the Area Tournament to capture its state 2A tournament berth. Earlier victories against Fairview and Afton preceded the win over Merritt. Here are recaps of those games:

Lady Huskies say farewell to Fairview

Pawhuska defeated Fairview, 55-30, on Thursday afternoon, March 2, in Enid, Oklahoma at the Stride Bank Center. The Lady Huskies dominated from start to finish, never trailing in the game and leading by as many as 25 points.

Pawhuska started off the game by going on a 8-point run. The second quarter proved to be the turning point for the Lady Huskies, as they outscored Fairview 16-7 in that frame. Pawhuska shot 6-for-10 in the paint during the second quarter and got out to a 28-12 lead at the half.

PHS shot well from three-point range, going 4-for-10. Hannah Reynolds hit three shots from beyond the arc for the Lady Huskies, who also passed the ball well with 14 assists on 21 made baskets. Miya Curry led the team with nine assists.

Contributing for the Lady Huskies were Fallon Bowman (16 points 3 rebounds); Hannah Reynolds (15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals); Miya Curry (8 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks); Madison Easley (7 points,1 rebound, an assist, and a steal); Shanell Cochrane (6 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist); Kambrie Jones (3 points); Gloria Baker (4 rebounds and a steal); and Pari Harper (1 assist and 3 steals).

Pawhuska advances past Afton

PHS never trailed in its 57-48 victory over Afton on Friday afternoon, March 3, in Enid.

Leading 20-16, Pawhuska went on a 12-point run to pull further away from Afton. The second quarter was the strongest for the Lady Huskies, as they outscored Afton 18-6 and arrived at the intermission with a 34-18 lead.

The Lady Huskies had a great day shooting from inside the arc, hitting 19 of 37 two-pointers. The team passed the ball well, with 17 assists on 22 made baskets. Miya Curry led the team with 8 assists and Pawhuska controlled the paint, grabbing 26 rebounds. Fallon Bowman led the team with 8 rebounds.

Contributing for the Lady Huskies were: Fallon Bowman (16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block); Shanell Cochrane (13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block); Hannah Reynolds (12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block); Miya Curry (6 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals); Gloria Baker (5 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist); Madison Easley (3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals); and Pari Harper (2 points, 1 assist, and 1 rebound).