Back-to-back 30-point losses close PHS 2014-15 basketball campaign

Mike ErwinJ-C Sports Writer
Back-to-back 30-point losses close PHS 2014-15 basketball campaign

SPERRY — The Pawhuska High School basketball season reached its conclusion Monday night as the Huskies were eliminated via a Regional loss to Cascia Hall, 58-28.

After starting the 3A playoffs with an impressive comeback win in their district matchup at Chelsea, the PHS boys dropped two straight — both by 30-point margins. The Huskies were scheduled to play the Commandoes last Friday, but a snow storm delayed the contest until Monday.

Pawhuska trailed by just four points before a last-second bucket gave the Commandoes a 17-11 advantage at the end of the opening quarter. Sophomore William Merrell scored five in the quarter, as he and junior J.R. Young both knocked down three-pointers for the Huskies.

The shooting touch then began to elude the PHS squad, which managed only four points in the second period and was doubled up (30-15) at halftime. In the third stanza, the Huskies were outscored, 10-6, and the Commandoes held an 18-7 edge for the fourth.

Trent Barnett led the Huskies with 10 points and the team’s other senior starter, Trey RedEagle, added six. As the pair exited the contest in the final minutes, Pawhuska fans gave them a well-deserved standing ovation in recognition of their careers on the court for the locals.

Cascia Hall had upset No. 17-ranked Perry, 38-37, in an elimination game Thursday. That same evening, the Pawhuska boys were knocked into the losers’ bracket with their 30-point loss at Adair to the No. 6-ranked team in Class 3A. In claiming their 20th victory of the season, the host Warriors hammered the Huskies, 72-42.

Adair had three players score in double figures. Sophomore B.J. Bradbury topped the hosts with 14 points and junior Brock Martin with 12. PHS was led by Young’s 11 points, while junior Bailey Thompson and freshman Brian Jeffers chipped in seven apiece.

The Warriors scored the game’s first five points en route to a 16-9 lead in the opening quarter. After making two three-pointers during the initial frame, Adair connected on four bombs in the second and took a 37-17 lead into halftime. Pawhuska hit three treys in the contest— two by Thompson and the other by Young. Adair outscored the Huskies, 17-13, in the third period and by an 18-12 margin during the fourth.


Pawhuska: 9 - 8 - 13 - 12 — 42

Adair : 16 - 21 - 17 - 18 — 72

Pawhuska Huskies (6-17) — J.R. Young 11, Hayden Henley 4, Trent Barnett 3, Trey RedEagle 2, William Merrell 4, Bailey Thompson 7, Brian Jeffers 7, Tristen Tucker 3, Colton Hindman 2, Lance Harden 0, Ben Gray 1, Brandon Hicks 0, Tucker Helmer 0. Coach: Monty Unruh.

Adair Warriors (20-4) — B.J. Bradbury 14, Brock Martin 12, Bo Rogers 10, Toby Eby 7, Jeremy McCollum 6, Travis Brand 11, Dakota Huffman 3, Ty Kennedy 2, Bryce Martin 2, James Easton 2, Jason Kincaid 2, Blaine Yoder 1, Derrick Dillon 0, Bailey Pullen 0. Coach: Travis Canady.



Pawhuska: 11 - 4 - 6 - 7 — 28

Cascia Hall: 17 - 13 - 10 - 18 — 58

Pawhuska Huskies (6-18) — Trent Barnett 10, Trey RedEagle 6, William Merrell 5, J.R. Young 3, Hayden Henley 2, Brian Jeffers 2, Bailey Thompson 0, Tucker Helmer 0, Colton Hindman 0, Brandon Hicks 0. Coach: Monty Unruh.

Cascia Hall Commandoes (9-17) — Blake Hensley 16, Connor Dee 9, James Rouse 9, Derek Cole 8, Jack Stagg 6, Colin Pomeroy 4, Jackson McCormick 2, Davis Derr 2, Jacob Carter 2, Josh Garrett 0, Michael Bloomfield 0. Coach: Brian Rahilly.