Lady Huskies give lesson in toughness


NOWATA — In a reversal of identities, the girls from Pawhuska gave a toughness lesson to the Nowata Lady Ironmen in the first of three high school basketball games the PHS squad played last week.

The home team slipped past the Lady Huskies, 36-35, but it was the never-say-die attitude of the six-player visiting squad that left the biggest impression in PHS’s last appearance in the soon-to-be-replaced Nowata High School gymnasium.

Pawhuska took an 18-14 advantage at halftime of the game as Keylee Kirk and Haley Malaske combined for all the Lady Huskie points during an 11-4 second-quarter run. The Lady Ironmen had gone up 10-7 lead in the opening stanza, with Josey Hale and Mamie Tiry knocking down three-pointers to offset a five-point quarter by Genie Herren of Pawhuska.

The Nowata girls trailed through most of the third period, but Alexis Mayhew started a rally in the last three minutes with a lay-in off a steal. Hale drained a trey from the corner to tie the score at 22-22 with 1:11 remaining in the stanza. Twenty seconds later, Hale made a steal and ripped another three-pointer to put the Lady Ironmen in front. PHS moved back within a point, 25-24, before the end of the frame on a driving layup by Kirk.

There were four lead changes in the final quarter and fourth occurred after a steal by Tiry led to a trey-bomb by senior Megan Rohrbough that put Nowata in front, 31-28. Kirk pulled the Lady Huskies back to within a point on a three-point play at the 2:05 mark. But, Mayhew hit three straight free throws to extend the lead of the Lady Ironmen just enough to survive a half-court buzzer-beater unleashed by Pawhuska freshman Sydney Sellers.

Senior sharpshooter Hale led the way for Nowata by scoring 15 and pulling down nine rebounds. PHS sophomore Kirk tallied 14 points, made eight steals and grabbed a pair of boards. Malaske contributed nine points, five rebounds and five steals for the Lady Huskies and Herren chipped in seven points.

Pawhuska connected on 11 of 23 field-goal attempts, including two of four three-pointers. The Lady Huskies also converted nine of 18 free throws. The Lady Ironmen were 11 of 37 from the field, hit four of 16 three-point tries and made 10 of 20 free throws.

Lady Maroons 47,

Lady Huskies 35

Pawhuska’s girls outscored Perry, 15-2, at Oren Terrill Field House last Thursday night, but it was 12 points too little and a little too late.

The visiting Lady Maroons jumped out to a 10-point advantage in the opening quarter and coasted to a 47-35 victory — avenging an overtime loss to the Lady Huskies in their November season opener.

Perry racked up a half dozen three pointers and held a distinct edge in rebounding. Jessica Venard scored 11 of her game-leading 13 in the first half. Megan Drake chipped in 11 for the Lady Maroons.

The Lady Huskies were led by Malaske with nine points, 10 rebound and six steals. Andie Sweeden added eight points for the home squad and Genie Herren chipped in seven.

Caney Valley Lady Trojans 32

Lady Huskies 9

RAMONA — Kolby McIntosh scored a game-high 11 points and made four of her team’s 15 steals as the Caney Valley High School Lady Trojans capped CVHS Basketball Homecoming with a 32-9 runaway triumph over the Pawhuska Lady Huskies.

McIntosh layed-in the first points of the girls’ finale following a steal less than a minute after tipoff. A corner three-pointer by McIntosh gave the Lady Trojans an 11-0 advantage to open the second period. The 5-10 junior also hit two straight buckets to start the scoring in the third, when Caney Valley stretched its 15-3 halftime lead to 21-6.

Sophomore guard Celine Percell added seven points for CVHS, while senior center Philicia Ballew chipped in six. Percell’s scoring all came in the fourth quarter and was topped off by her three-point bomb from the top of the arc that made the lead 30-7 with two minutes remaining.

Caney Valley’s victory makes coach Derek Longan’s squad 8-7 for the season. The Lady Trojans are scheduled to host Chouteau-Mazie on Tuesday before playing Thursday at Chelsea and next Friday in Salina.

The visiting Lady Huskies finally got on the board two minutes into the second stanza on a trey by Keylee Kirk and added three more points in each subsequent quarter. Pawhuska scored its final basket on a driving layup by Haley Malaske just before the game-ending buzzer.

The Lady Huskies turned the ball over 34 times, while the Lady Trojans committed 24 turnovers. PHS made three of 28 shots attempted from the field, including one of five at three-point range. Caney Valley hit 11 of 39 overall and were two of seven on three pointers.

Caney Valley outrebounded the Lady Huskies, 21 to 16, but Sellers topped everyone in boards by grabbing 10.

Head coach Austin Minshall admitted that this has been a challenging season for the Lady Huskies, whose 5-11 record includes five losses by three or fewer points. Prior to arriving in Pawhuska in 2012, Minshall coached two seasons in Dustin after spending several years with Caney Valley.

The entire PHS roster is comprised of seven players, including a pair of freshmen. In the past two weeks, the Lady Huskies have played six straight games with one or more starters missing from the lineup. The limited numbers have forced the Pawhuska girls to remain on the court without substitutions. At least twice, fouls have put the Lady Huskies on the verge of disqualification.

For Friday’s contest, PHS junior Andie Sweeden played despite a shoulder problem that sidelined her Tuesday and senior Malaske was fighting off a cold. Kirk, a sophomore, returned to the lineup this week after missing three previous games because of a dogbite injury.

On the bench in street clothes Friday night was starting sophomore point guard Genie Herren, whose game uniform was left accidentally in Pawhuska. By Saturday, Lady Huskie freshman Mary Jo Upchurch had also come down with a bug.

Coach Minshall’s Lady Huskies will get a much needed break this week before resuming the schedule Friday night on the road at Blackwell. Next week, the PHS teams will host Nowata on Thursday and Newkirk on Friday.

Nowata 36, Pawhuska 35

Lady Huskies 7 - 11 - 6 - 11 — 35

Lady Ironmen 10 - 4 - 11 - 11 — 36

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (5-9) — Keylee Kirk 14, Haley Malaske 9, Genie Herren 7, Sydney Sellers 3, Sarah Phillippi 2, Mary Jo Upchurch 0. Coach: Austin Minshall.

Nowata Lady Ironmen (7-8) — Josie Hale 15, Alexis Mayhew 9, Mamie Tiry 3, Megan Rohrbough 3, Emily Belden 2, Alicia Mayhew 2, Haley Freeman 2, Justice Owens 0. Coach: Glenn Hass.

Perry 47, Pawhuska 35

Lady Maroons 14 - 12 - 19 - 2 — 47

Lady Huskies 4 - 11 - 5 - 15 — 35

Perry Lady Maroons (7-11) — Jessica Venard 13, Megan Drake 11, Olivia Buck 9, Shauni Edwards 8, Chelsi Deterding 6. Coach: Ron Dwyer.

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (5-10) — Haley Malaske 9, Andie Sweeden 8, Genie Herren 7, Sydney Sellers 5, Keylee Kirk 4, Sarah Phillippi 2. Coach: Austin Minshall.

Caney Valley 32, Pawhuska 9

Lady Huskies 0 - 3 - 3 - 3 — 9

Lady Trojans 8 - 7 - 6 - 11 — 32

Pawhuska (5-11) — Haley Malaske 4, Keylee Kirk 3, Sydney Sellers 2, Sarah Phillippi 0, Andie Sweeden 0, Mary Jo Upchurch 0. Coach: Austin Minshall.

Caney Valley (9-7) — Kolby McIntosh 11, Celine Percell 7, Philicia Ballew 6, Haylee Smith 3, Morgan Welch 2, Harlee Smith 2. Coach: Derik Longan.