Pawhuska boys hoopsters look to rebound at Dewey

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Pawhuska boys hoopsters look to rebound at Dewey

During the second quarter of Friday’s Pawhuska High School basketball game versus the Barnsdall Panthers, it seemed like there was an invisible shield preventing the Huskies’ shots from going into the goal.

PHS senior Trey Redeagle managed to score nine points in the initial half, mainly because of a determined effort at securing offensive rebounds. Aside from that — and a couple of explosive bursts to the bucket by guard J.R. Young — the Huskies had little to show for the opening quarters of their Hoops Homecoming at Oren Terrill Field House.

The Pawhuska attack went into a full retreat in the third period, when the Huskies scored no points on the way to an eventual 42-30 loss to their Osage County neighbors. Against a Huskie squad that had defeated them by 18 points five weeks earlier, the visiting Panthers turned the tables by limiting their hosts to just a 24 percent success rate on field-goal attempts.

Barnsdall’s back-court combo of Joe Gott and Spencer Wilson combined to score 25 points (with 13 and 12, respectively). Redeagle finished with 11 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for PHS.

The opening period was a dog-and-cat fight in which the score was tied four times and both the Huskies and Panthers led by four points once. A put-back by Barnsdall forward Bradley Bickford broke an 11-11 deadlock and Wilson hit a jumper with 50 seconds remaining before Young scored to pull Pawhuska back within two points (15-13) at the end of the period.

As Pawhuska struggled with its shooting, Barnsdall opened a 26-18 advantage at halftime. The Huskies offensive woes worsened in the third quarter, when they were outpointed by the Panthers, 8-0. The visitors took 41 shots from the field (nine fewer attempts than Pawhuska) and connected on 18 — for a 44-percent success rate.

Barnsdall topped Pawhuska in rebounds, 32-20, as Gott and Tyler Wilson each grabbed eight and Brandon Marshall and Bickford got five apiece. Bickford also blocked three shots, while he and Spencer Wilson both made three steals.

The win was the second straight for the Barnsdall boys’ team, which improved to 6-7. The Class A Panthers are scheduled to play 3A Chelsea in the Caney Valley Tournament at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A night after taking a 49-point road thumping from powerhouse Pawnee, the Huskies sustained their third loss in a row and slipped to 5-9. Next, the PHS boys squad was headed to the Dewey Tournament for a 6 p.m. Tuesday matchup with Tulsa Webster. The Warriors are somehow just 5-8 although they feature a 6-2 junior guard (Kairee Cooks) who averages 18 points a game and 6-4 freshman forward David Ward (15 points, seven rebounds.)

With a win over Webster, PHS would play again at 9 p.m. Thursday against the winner between the Cleveland Tigers and Green Country Academy. A loss would put the Huskies in a 6 p.m. Thursday consolation contest versus the Cleveland-GCA loser.

PANTHERS 42, HUSKIES 30

Barnsdall: 15 - 11 - 8 - 8 — 42

Pawhuska:13 - 5 - 0 - 12— 30

Barnsdall Panthers (6-7) —Joe Gott 13, Spencer Wilson 12, Tyler Wilson 8, Landon Lanphear 0, Brandon Marshall 3, Bradley Bickford 6, David Chuning 0. Coach: Cliff Warford.

Pawhuska Huskies (5-9) — Trey Redeagle 11, J.R. Young 7, Trent Barnett 2, Hayden Henley 2, William Merrell 1, Lance Harden 4, Brandon Hicks 3, Tucker Helmer 0, Bailey Thompson 0, Mattheu Rector 0, Tristen Tucker 0, Colton Hindman 0, Dayton Kilpatrick 0. Coach: Monty Unruh.