2nd-half Kellyville comeback ends Lady Huskie hoops season

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

ADAIR —Pawhuska’s Lady Huskie basketball team was eliminated from the 3A high school basketball playoffs last Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Huskies lost to Kellyville, 59-54, in a sub-Regional contest at Adair. A bulk of the battle was waged at the free-throw line — where the Lady Ponies hit 29-of-49 attempts.

PHS held a 16-4 lead at the end of the first period and built a 14-point advantage with 2:45 left before halftime. But, a second-half rally boosted the Lady Ponies to their third victory in 25 season outings.

Kellyville tied the contest at 29-apiece by making nine straight points at the start of the third quarter. The two teams were tied five more times down the stretch before the Lady Ponies moved ahead, 53-50, on a three-point shot by Hannah McHenry with 2:40 left.

The Lady Huskies finished the year 9-14. They made 16 of 21 shots from the free-throw stripe, but the 76-percent efficiency did not match the point total of the Lady Ponies — who connected at a less-than-60-percent rate.

Three Pawhuska players fouled out — including Keylee Kirk, the game’s leading scorer with 21 points.

PONIES 59,

LADY HUSKIES 54

Pawhuska: 16 - 13 - 11 - 14 — 54

Kellyville: 4 - 16 - 22 - 17 — 59

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (9-14) — Keylee Kirk 21, Sarah Phillippi 6, Kailee Hambright 6, Sydney Sellers 6, Andie Sweeden 2, Genie Herren 9, Kylee Reibel 4, Mia Hambright 0. Coach: Austin Minshall.

Kellyville Lady Ponies (3-22) — Amanda Asauna 14, Hannah McHenry 14, Paige Caskey 9, Vumey Ngirmen 9, Brenna Marts 4, Jamie Buckley 9, Alissa Hardey 0. Coach: Ashley Poynter.