Energized Lady Huskies’ squad awaits home tests

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Energized Lady Huskies’ squad awaits home tests

DEWEY — Home-court advantage plus an extra period were needed before the Dewey Lady Doggers could overtake the Pawhuska Lady Huskies in their high school basketball battle Friday.

Pawhuska held the lead for most of the night until Dewey sent the contest into overtime by hitting a put-back with three seconds left in regulation. After the Lady Huskies scored the first point of OT, a three-point shot put the Lady Doggers in front for the first time since they held a 4-2 edge during the opening minutes.

The 54-47 final score marked the seventh loss in 10 outings for the PHS girls. It was second win of the season for Dewey — with both victories coming at the expense of the Lady Huskies.

Keylee Kirk finished with a game-high 17 points for Pawhuska, while Mya Hambright scored 10 and Genie Herren had seven. Erin Herchock tallied 16 points for Dewey — including the two that tied the game at the end of the fourth quarter.

PHS led 10-4 after the opening period and built a 27-17 edge at halftime. The Lady Huskies maintained their 10-point cushion through the end of the third quarter and took a 37-27 advantage into the final quarter.

Turnovers helped fuel the home team’s late comeback and a lay-up off a steal got the Doggers to within two points (45-43) with 21 seconds remaining. Sixteen seconds were left on the clock when another steal gave Dewey possession of the ball. Following a missed three-pointer, Herchock cleared an offensive rebound and evened the score at 45.

The last six points of the game were made at the free-throw line, where neither team had performed well over the course of the evening. PHS made 12 of its 23 shots from the stripe, although freshman Hambright made all six of her attempts. Dewey hit 17 of 35 free throws.

Pawhuska out-rebounded home team by a 42 to 39 margin, although Dewey’s Herchock had a game-high 12. Sydney Sellers, a sophomore, grabbed 10 boards for the Lady Huskies, followed by Kirk with nine and junior Kailee Hambright with six. Karissa Jones had 10 rebounds and Kiersten Vincent pulled down nine for the Lady Doggers. Dewey received a 12-point effort from Jaycie Nickerson, with Vincent and Jones chipping in with eight apiece.

The Lady Huskies missed 13 of 15 field-goal attempts down the stretch and committed nine of their 22 total turnovers in the fourth period and overtime. Dewey turned the ball over 16 times, as PHS’s Mya Hambright made four steals while senior Andie Sweeden, Kailee Hambright and Kirk each had three.

CVHS 42, Pawhuska 31

On the PHS home court Tuesday, Jan. 6, Caney Valley scored the first 11 points and coasted over the Lady Huskies for an 11-point victory, 42-31.

The Lady Trojans led by 13 at intermission and were up 19 after three quarters. Caney Valley senior Kolby McIntosh accounted for seven points and Skylar Ward put in six to help the visitors build a 15-2 advantage by the end of the initial stanza.

Caney Valley went ahead by a score of 20-2 before Pawhuska’s Kailee Hambright canned back-to-back three-pointers midway through the second period. Celine Percell promptly answered with a trey for the Lady Trojans and Ward later punctuated the visiting teams’ position by draining a 45-footer just ahead of the halftime buzzer.

Ward tallied nine more points in the third quarter as Caney Valley outscored the Pawhuskans, 12-6. The Lady Trojan junior scored a game-high 18 points, with most of them coming in the paint. McIntosh added 15 to help the CVHS girls improve to 3-4 in their first 2015 outing.

The Lady Huskies made their way to the free-throw line only six times all night and converted just one charity shot. Caney Valley took advantage on 12 of its 19 free-throw opportunities.

Hambright found the range on five three-pointers for a team-leading 15 points. PHS scored the last eight points of the game and freshman Kyleigh Riebel picked up five of those. It was the second home loss in two nights for the Lady Huskies, who had fallen, 55-35, to the Newkirk Lady Tigers on Monday.

This Thursday, the Pawhuska’s girls are to host the Lady Black Bears of Pawnee. On Friday night, Oren Terrill Field House is to be the site for PHS Basketball Homecoming. The visiting team for homecoming will be the Barnsdall Lady Panthers — whom the Lady Huskies have previously beaten twice this season.

Friday’s girls’ contest will have its normal 6:30 p.m. tip-0ff time, with the Homecoming coronation scheduled during halftime of the 8 p.m. game between the Huskies and the Panthers.

Caney Valley 42, Pawhuska 31

Lady Trojans: 15 - 11 - 12 - 4 — 42

Lady Huskies: 2 - 11 - 6 - 12 — 31

Caney Valley Lady Trojans (3-4) — Skylar Ward 18, Kolby McIntosh 15, Celine Percell 3, Hannah Mackey 2, Haylee Smith 4. Coach: Deric Longan.

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (3-6) — Kailee Hambright 15, Sarah Phillippi 2, Keeley Kirk 2, Genie Herren 0, Sydney Sellers 0, Andie Sweeden 4, Mya Hambright 3, Kyleigh Riebel 5. Coach: Austin Minshall.

Lady Doggers 54, Lady Huskies 47 (OT)

Pawhuska: 10-17-10-8 - 2 — 47

Dewey: 4 - 13 - 10 - 18 - 9 —54

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (3-7) — Keylee Kirk 17, Genie Herren 7, Sydney Sellers 4, Kailee Hambright 3, Sarah Phillippi 2, Andie Sweeden 2, Mya Hambright 10, Kyleigh Riebel 2, Aubrie Walker 0. Coach: Austin Minshall.

Dewey Lady Doggers (2-9) — Erin Herchock 16, Jaycie Nickerson 12, Karissa Jones 8, Kiersten Vincent 8, Madi Brown 5, Hailey Gurule 5, Emmalyn Tillman 0. Coach: Scott Neighbors.