Regional defeats end hoops seasons for Pawhuska


SPERRY — Outscoring their opponents in the fourth quarter of lopsided losses at the Class 3A Regional tournament was somewhat symbolic of the entire seasons for the Huskie and Lady Huskie basketball teams.

Both PHS squads won a few battles and grabbed some moral victories in the course of their 2013-14 campaigns, which concluded Thursday afternoon with early eliminations in the tourney at Sperry.

Pawhuska’s boys capped a 7-15 year by taking a 53-36 defeat against 3A’s No. 7-ranked Sperry Pirates, whose home-court advantage added one more obstacle for the Huskie squad to try and overcome. The Lady Huskies fell to Newkirk for a third and final time, 48-25, and wound up the season with a 4-18 mark.

Coming into the game off consecutive losses, the Pirates scored the first 11 points of the contest before the Huskies answered by knocking down six straight to end the opening quarter. PHS senior center Tyler Culver hit the final two buckets of the initial frame and then pulled the visitors within three (11-8) by making the initial basket of the second.

Sperry responded by tallying 10 straight points before Daniel Bogney of the Huskies scored the next six to get the locals to just seven down, at 21-14. A trio of three-pointers by reserve guard Wyatt Brooks helped build the Pirates a 33-19 halftime advantage, however.

Pawhuska dropped behind by 25 points with less than two minutes left in the third stanza. Sophomore guard Bradley Moreland rang up six of the Huskies’ eight points in the period (while the host squad notched 15) and PHS trailed by 21 (48-27) entering the final quarter.

Nine fourth-quarter points for the Huskies topped the four put through by Sperry, but the Pirates claimed a 17-point victory and improved to 19-5 for the year. Senior Bryce Wilson scored seven points and snagged eight rebounds to lead the Huskies in the finale.

Sperry’s boys outrebounded Pawhuska 28 to 21 and had 13 offensive boards compared to four for the Huskies. PHS turned the ball over 26 times while the Pirates gave it up 23. Sperry made 20 of 52 shots (38 percent), hit five for 14 from three-point range and made seven free throws in 12 attempts. The Huskies connected on 14 of 40 field-goal tries (35 percent), made one of their four three-pointers and nailed seven of eight free-throw opportunities.

While the Lady Huskies were slow off the mark offensively in the girls’ game, three different Lady Tigers hit three-pointers to put them nine points up before Keylee Kirk’s follow shot got Pawhuska on the board midway through the first quarter. Newkirk took a 15-3 advantage in the opening stanza, which ended as PHS junior Andie Sweeden suffered a game-ending shoulder injury which left the Lady Huskies with only six players.

Pawhuska sophomore Genie Herren drained a pair of three-point shots and Sarah Phillippi drilled a turn-around jumper to nearly match their opponents’ production in the second period — leaving the Lady Tigers up by 13 at the half, 24-11. Newkirk tallied 17 points in the third quarter, compared to a single basket by PHS on a 12-foot jump shot by Kirk.

The final stanza saw the Lady Huskies put up 12 points compared to the seven for the Lady Tigers. Pawhuska freshman Mary Jo Upchurch knocked down a pair of field goals (including a three-pointer) to go with a couple of steals. Herren popped a corner trey, freshman Sydney Sellers made two free throws and senior Haley Malaske scored off a rebound for the final PHS points.

Herren’s nine points led the Lady Huskies, while Baylie Wilson (15 points), Rian Watters (11) and Kenna Pulley (10) topped the Lady Tiger scorers. Malaske pulled down six rebounds and Sellers grabbed five as Pawhuska finished with 21 rebounds (including seven at the offensive end) to offset 24 boards (five on offense) for Newkirk. Turnovers were fairly even — 16 by PHS and 13 for the winners.

Newkirk found the range on 16 of 34 field-goal attempts (47 percent) and was five for 11 from long range. The Lady Huskies converted nine field goals out of 35 shots (26 percent), including four of 11 three-point tries. At the free-throw line, the Lady Tigers made 13 out of 17 compared to three-for-12 accuracy by the PHS girls.

In the Regional finals Saturday, the Sperry boys needed an overtime period to put away the Okmulgee Bulldogs, 71-61. The Pirates got double-digit production from Pratt (22 points), Cole and Mullins (with 18 each). Newkirk’s girls doubled up the Sperry Lady Pirates, 42-21, as the Lady Tigers expanded a three-point halftime lead of 13-10 by outscoring the hostess team, 13-1, in the third period.

At the Adair sub-regional, the Nowata Ironmen took down the host Warriors (51-47) behind a 24-point effort by K.C. Boultinghouse. The No. 1-ranked Adair girls stayed on a roll by blowing out the Chelsea Lady Dragons, 70-23. The regional-finalist teams advance next to the Area Tournament, which is being played this week at Sperry.

Newkirk 48, Pawhuska 25

Lady Huskies: 3 8 2 12 — 25

Lady Tigers: 15 9 17 7 — 48

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (4-18) — Genie Herren 9, Keylee Kirk 5, Mary Jo Upchurch 5, Sarah Phillippi 2, Haley Malaske 2, Sydney Sellers 2, Andie Sweeden 0. Coach: Austin Minshall.

Newkirk Lady Tigers (14-10) — Baylie Wilson 15, Rian Watters 11, Kenna Pulley 10, Madison Smith 4, Brooke Barden 3, Kyndal Pulley 2, Mikka Vap 2, Rachel Williams 1. Coach: Dwight Winburn.

Pirates 53,

Huskies 36

Pawhuska: 6 13 8 9 — 36

Sperry: 11 22 15 4 — 53

Pawhuska Huskies (7-15) — Bryce Wilson 7, Tyler Culver 6, Daniel Bogney 6, Matthew Moreland 6, Trent Barnett 5, Trey Redeagle 2, Hayden Henley 2, Lance Harden 2, Bailey Thompson 0, Colton Hindman 0. Coach: Monty Unruh.

Sperry Pirates (19-5) — Peyton Pratt 15, Wyatt Brooks 13, Casey Cole 8, Logan Mullins 7, Colton Ketcherside 7, Josh Bridgeman 2, Jordan Doyle 0, Colton Simmons 0, Braden Neece 0. Coach: Lance Kight.