PHS opens 2015 hoops schedule at home

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
PHS opens 2015 hoops schedule at home

Time ran out Monday night on a valiant fourth-quarter comeback by the Pawhuska High School Huskies.

In their return to the court following the Christmas-New Year’s break, both PHS varsity basketball teams were defeated by the visitors from Newkirk.

The Lady Huskies lost the opener at Oren Terrill Field House, 55-35, and the Pawhuska boys dropped a 56-52 decision. During the final eight minutes, the Huskie squad rallied from a 12-point deficit to draw within a basket of the Tigers.

Trent Barnett of PHS led the scoring with 20 points, but the senior fouled out in the final minute of the contest. The Huskies had also lost the services of junior center Hayden Henley, who tallied six before injuring an ankle with three minutes remaining.

Pawhuska went out to a four-point lead on buckets by Henley and junior J.R. Young but Newkirk scored the last nine points of the first quarter to hold a 16-8 advantage. The two teams were tied only once, at 8-8.

The Tigers outscored the Huskies, 13-9, in the second period and held a 12-point lead at the break. Newkirk had its biggest cushion of the evening (15 points) with three minutes left in the stanza.

Barnett rallied Pawhuska by hitting for seven points in the third frame, when both squads put in 16. Young connected on a three-pointer to get the Huskies within single digits and Henley made it a five-point game (34-29) before Newkirk pushed back up by a dozen (45-33) to start the fourth.

Trey Redeagle scored seven of his nine points in the last period to spark the PHS run. A driving lay-in by Will Merrell with a little over three minutes to play got the Huskies within three (48-45). From that point, Newkirk hit six of eight free throws to help preserve its lead.

Young knocked through his second trey of the night with four seconds remaining to make it a two-point difference, 54-52. The Huskies finished with four three-pointers, while the Tigers connected on six from bonus range. Correy Vapp stroked three first-quarter treys and Coby Huston came off the bench to get two in the second when he tallied nine for the visitors.

Hayden Berryman topped the Tiger scorers with 17 points, which included going six of seven at the free-throw line in the final quarter.

The Newkirk boys snapped a three-game losing streak and — like the Huskies — are now 3-5 for the year.

In the girl’s game, the Lady Tigers shook loose of the Pawhuskans by scoring the last eight points of the opening quarter to take a 14-6 lead. The post duo of Coltyn Harrill (19 points) and Madison Smith (13) gave Newkirk a big inside advantage.

The Lady Huskies were given boosts by the return of several key players who had missed court time due to injury. Third-year starter Keylee Kirk made her first appearance of the season and wound up as the Lady Huskie scoring leader, with 12 points.

Also, PHS senior sparkplug Andie Sweeden continued on her road back from shoulder problems and promising freshman Mya Hambright made her first significant contributions after being sidelined earlier.

Newkirk stretched its advantage to 16 points (31-15) at halftime and held a 20-point cushion after three periods, 43-23. The victory was the third straight for the Lady Tigers, who squared their season mark at 4-4. Pawhuska’s girls dropped to 3-5.

The PHS hoopsters were scheduled to host the Caney Valley Trojans and Lady Trojans on Tuesday night. The local squads also will travel to Dewey for games this Friday.

Next home contests for the Huskies and Lady Huskies will be Friday, Jan. 16, versus Barnsdall. Homecoming activities are scheduled as part of that evening’s events at Oren Terrill Field House.

On Friday, Jan. 30, the PHS home games against Perry will feature introduction of a new class of inductees to the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame.

TIGERS 56,

HUSKIES 52

Newkirk: 16 - 13 - 16 - 11 — 56

Pawhuska: 8 - 9 - 16 - 19 — 52

Newkirk Tigers (3-5) — Hayden Berryman 17, Coby Hutson 14, Corey Vapp 13, Trevor Johnson 9, Wade Bollig 3, Aaron Rowe 0, Ryan Lusk 0. Coach: Jeremy Young.

Pawhuska Huskies (3-5) — Trent Barnett 20, J.R. Young 10, Trey Redeagle 9, Hayden Henley 7, Will Merrell 6, Mattheu Rector 0, Bailey Thompson 0, Lance Harden 0, Tucker Helmer 0, Brandon Hicks 0. Coach: Monty Unruh.

NEWKIRK 55, PAWHUSKA 35

Lady Tigers: 14 - 17 - 12 - 12 — 55

Lady Huskies: 6 - 9 - 8 - 12 — 35

Newkirk Lady Tigers (4-4) — Coltyn Harrill 19, Madison Smith 13, McKenna Pulley 7, Emily Elliott 6, Katelyn Scheiber 6, Kendall Pulley 5, Kori Waters 0, Kyli Levin 0. Coach: Dwight Winburn.

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (3-5) — Keeley Kirk 12, Kailee Hambright 7, Sarah Phillippi 6, Sydney Sellers 4, Mya Hambright 4, Genie Herren 2, Kyleigh Riebel 0, Andie Sweeden 0, Mary Jo Upchurch 0, Star Sweeden o. Coach: Austin Minshall.