Lady Huskies salvage win in finale at Sperry tourney

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Lady Huskies salvage win in finale at Sperry tourney

SPERRY — The Pawhuska Lady Huskies earned their second high school basketball victory of the season Saturday by defeating the Barnsdall Lady Panthers, 40-11, in the consolation round of the Sperry Invitational Tournament.

PHS juniors Genie Herren and Kailee Hambright scored 10 points apiece and freshman Kyleigh Riebel added eight as the Lady Huskies ran away from the Panthers in the seventh-place consolation game.

The Lady Huskies improved to 2-4 overall with their second win of the season over the Lady Panthers. Two weeks earlier, the Pawhuska girls had held on for a 52-50 triumph at Barnsdall — but Saturday’s rematch turned out to be a fairly one-sided affair.

Hambright and Riebel gave Pawhuska a seven-point lead before Kaleigh Townley got Barnsdall on the board with a put-back seven seconds before the first quarter ended. The Lady Huskies outscored their foes by a 10-5 margin in the second period and built a 21-point lead (at 29-8) by holding a 12-1 edge for the third.

Herren scored four points in the second stanza for the victors and added six (including a three-pointer) in the third. Skyla Graham knocked through a pair of three-point shots for Barnsdall, including one just before halftime that cut PHS’s lead to 17-7. In addition to the Townleigh bucket, Katie Gay went three-for-three at the free-throw line for the Lady Panthers.

Pawhuska held a notable advantage in rebounding — led by sophomore Sydney Sellers, who pulled down nine boards. Ciara McCabe grabbed six for Barnsdall.

Ex-Lady Huskie Graham stayed alive as a contender in the Sperry tourney free-throw competition. The sharpshooting senior hit eight of 10 regular shots and swished five of her six bonus tosses at halftime of Saturday’s contest. The event was set to conclude during the finals that evening.

After losing to Berryhill in their tourney opener Monday, the PHS girls were overpowered Thursday (40-10) by the Nowata Lady Ironmen. Four steals by freshman Aubrey Walker provided some of the few Lady Huskie highlights in that contest. PHS finished with just three field goals against Nowata.

The Lady Huskies were to play Tuesday at Pawhuska versus the Dewey Lady Bulldoggers. PHS will travel to Hominy on Friday for its final games before the holiday break.

Lady Huskies 40, Lady Panthers 11

Barnsdall: 2 - 5 - 1 - 3 — 11

Pawhuska: 7-10-12 -11 — 40

Barnsdall Lady Panthers (2-5)

Skyla Graham 6, Katie Gay 3, Kaleigh Townley 2, Ciara McCabe 0, Kaitlyn Eubank 0, Cecilia Jones 0, Bailey Walker 0, Morgan Crabtree 0, Alli Price 0, Taylor Shaw 0, Emily Morris 0. Coach: Joe Gilbert.

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (2-4)

Kailee Hambright 10, Genie Herren 10, Kyleigh Riebel 8, Sarah Phillippi 6, Sydney Sellers 0, Sierra Sellers 4, Sidney Walker 2, Star Sweeden 0, Aubrey Walker 0, Mary Jo Upchurch 0. Coach: Austin Minshall.

Iron Ladies 48, Lady Huskies 10

Pawhuska: 3 - 3 - 1 - 3 — 10

Nowata: 15 - 18 - 7 - 8 — 48

Nowata Iron Ladies (2-3)

Mamie Tiry 10, Alexis Mayhew 9, Reva Smith 8, Madison Parrett 6, Emily Belden 5, Becca Freeman 0, Justice Owens 4, Halley Hewitt 3, Alecia Mayhew 3, Sami Steigerwald 0. Head coach: Curtis Heller.

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (1-3)

Kailee Hambright 3, Genie Herren 2, Sarah Phillippi 2, Kyleigh Rieble 0, Sydney Sellers 0, Star Sweeden 2, Sierra Sellers 1, Aubrey Walker 0, Mary Jo Upchurch 0, Mya Hambright 0, Sidney Walker 0. Head coach: Austin Minshall.