Pawhuska girls face elimination in Thursday test versus Kellyville

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Pawhuska girls face elimination in Thursday test versus Kellyville

CHELSEA — The Pawhuska High School Lady Huskies managed to keep up with the home squad during the opening half of Friday’s 3A District basketball contest, but the Lady Dragons started breathing fire in the third quarter.

After PHS trailed by just one point (20-19) at the break, Chelsea scored the first nine points of the second half and extended the lead to 20 points early in the fourth quarter en route to a 57-34 victory. The Lady Huskies struggled to limit their opponents’ shot opportunities, especially in the third period when the Dragons outscored them, 18-5.

The Pawhuska girls (9-13) will now be facing a win-or-the-season-is-over situation when they play Kellyville on Thursday. Tipoff for the game is set at 1:30 p.m. at the Sub-Regional Site in Adair. Coach Austin Minshall’s Lady Huskies are looking to get season victory No. 10. The Lady Ponies are just 2-22 for the year and lost to host Adair by 40 points (73-33) in their district contest.

Chelsea nailed nine three-pointers and Pawhuska hit just three. TyAnne Beene, the game’s high scorer with 23 points, and Haylee Tyler, who tallied 15, hit four treys apiece for the Lady Dragons. Lady Huskie freshman Mya Hambright connected twice from bonus range and the other was made by her junior sister Kailee Hambright, whose seven points led PHS.


In last Tuesday night’s regular-season home finale played at Oren Terrill Field House, the Lady Huskies pulled steadily away from Hominy and carved out a 43-16 triumph.

After needing an overtime to get past the Lady Bucks in December, the PHS girls made the second win look easy as they helped their arch rivals to make 36 turnovers while committing only 18 of their own.

Pawhuska connected on 15 of 47 field-goal attempts and four of 12 three-point tries and 9 of 13 free throws (including Herren’s four-for-four and Kirk two-of-two. The Lady Bucks hit only five of 21 shots from the field (although they made two of four three-pointers) and just four Hominy committed 36 turnovers, twice as many as the Lady Huskies.

Both teams pulled down 27 rebounds, with Sydney Sellers getting eight for PHS and No. 24 grabbed six to lead Hominy. A significant difference in the rebounding totals showed that 10 of Pawhuska’s boards came at the offensive end, compared to just three for the visitors.

Sellers, the defensive-minded sophomore post, contributed seven steals and blocked five shots. Another ball-hawking terror, freshman Kyleigh Riebel, chipped in six steals for the Lady Huskies.

On “Senior Night,” the Pawhuska squad recognized its only 12th-grade player — ever-dependable Andie Sweeden , a versatile three-year starter.


PAWHUSKA: 9 - 10 - 5 - 10 — 34

CHELSEA: 9 - 11 - 18 - 19 — 57

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (9-13) — Kailee Hambright 7, Sarah Phillippi 4, Andie Sweeden 4, Keylee Kirk 1, Sydney Sellers 0, Mia Hambright 8, Genie Herren 5, Kyleigh Riebel 3. Coach: Austin Minshall.

Chelsea Lady Dragons ( 15-8) — TyAnn Beene 23, Haylee Tyler 15, Bailey James 6, Cassidy Grissom 3, Logan White 1, Sadie Jordan 9. Coach: Jamie Quigley.


HOMINY: 6 - 3 - 2 - 5 — 16

PAWHUSKA: 8 - 10 - 9 -16 — 43

Hominy Lady Bucks (5-17) — Kaitlyn Dobbins 5, Darion Hinman 3, Christian Supernaw 2, Erin Casoose 0, Madison McClatchey 0, Cassie Owens 0, Ashley Jones 3, Hunter McElyea 2, Danya Hollis 1, Coach: Michael Nordquist.

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (9-12) — Keylee Kirk 8, Sarah Phillippi 4, Andie Sweeden 2, Sydney Sellers 2, Kailee Hambright 0, Genie Herren 11, Mia Hambright 11, Star Sweeden 3, Kyleigh Riebel 2. Coach: Austin Minshall.