SPORTS

Girls take 5th at Sperry tourney

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

SPERRY — Back-to-back, gutsy victories earned the Pawhuska Lady Huskies a fifth-place plaque in last week’s Exchange Bank Invitational Basketball Tournament at Sperry High School.

The Friday and Saturday winning efforts also may have earned the PHS squad some self respect, and that should help the the Lady Huskies in the 2016 portion of the schedule.

Pawhuska’s Keylee Kirk was named to the Sperry event’s All Tournament Team. During the tourney, her typically tenacious play yielded 28 points, 16 rebounds and 14 steals. She almost never left the court, despite being involved in a couple of bone-jarring collisions. Kirk, Kailee Hambright, Sarah Phillippi and Genie Herren form a senior quartet that has led the Lady Huskie hoopsters for the past four years.

The PHS squad tripled its season win total with the consecutive triumphs under first-year head coach Lauri Shatswell. On Friday, the Lady Huskies coasted to a 10-point win over the Barnsdall Lady Panthers. Saturday afternoon’s fifth-place contest against Tulsa Central looked like it was going to be a stroll in the park during the initial 14 minutes. But, the Lady Braves finally found some scoring punch to go with their bruising full-court presence. Central rallied from a 20-2 early deficit to climb back to within four points in the final minute.

To secure the tourney’s consolation honors, the Lady Huskies consistently worked their way to the line down the stretch. Kirk, junior Sydney Sellers and sophomore Mya Hambright all hit fourth-quarter free throws which helped preserve the margin of victory, 38-34. PHS got nine points from Kirk, eight out of Kailee Hambright and six from Phillippi. Sellers scored seven points and pulled down a team-leading 10 rebounds.

Central junior Marisha Jordan scored 22 points, which included three three-pointers. Hambright made a pair of treys for the Lady Huskies.

The Lady Braves are coached by former Pawhuskan Tammy Altafer.

The Lady Huskie squad defeated the Barnsdall Lady Panthers on Friday, 39-29. Pawhuska’s girls grabbed a quick 7-1 lead against their Osage County neighbors and held a 15-point advantage — 18-3 — following a Phillippi three-pointer five minutes before halftime. The Lady Panthers closed the gap to 10 at the break, 21-11, and PHS maintained a double-digit lead over most of the last two periods.

Kailee Hambright finished with 11 points and six rebounds for PHS, while Kirk scored 10 points rebounded seven. Phillippi’s nine points included seven in the first quarter. Lady Huskie sophomore chipped in five points and hit three of four free throws. Sellers pulled down a game-high 11 boards. Mariah Hatfield scored eight points and Katie Gay seven for the Lady Panthers. Alyssa Babb led Barnsdall rebounders by grabbing eight.

From the field, the Lady Huskies connected on 17 of 32 shots (35 percent), but made just two of 12 attempts from three-point range. The Lady Panthers hit only 10 of their 46 field-goal attempts (22 percent) while connecting with two of 17 launches from behind the arc. At the free-throw line, Barnsdall made good on six of 13 tries and Pawhuska hit three out of nine.

Pawhuska’s girls lost to Glenpool, 34-25, in their tourney opener. After the holiday break, PHS will resume its hoops season by hosting Barnsdall on Monday, Jan. 4. The Lady Huskies are to complete the home-and-home series with a visit to Barnsdall on Jan. 15.

PAWHUSKA 39, BARNSDALL 29

Lady Huskies: 7 - 14 - 14 - 4 — 39

Lady Panthers: 3 - 8 - 9 - 9 — 29

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (2-5) — Kailee Hambright 11, Keylee Kirk 10, Sarah Phillippi 7, Sydney Sellers 2, Mya Hambright 2, Kyleigh Riebel 5, Star Sweeden 2, Genie Herren 0, Sierra Sellers 0. Coach: Lauri Shatswell.

Barnsdall Lady Panthers — Mariah Hatfield 8, Katie Gay 7, Kaleigh Townley 5, Alyssa Babb 4, Ciara McCabe 3, Courtney Berry 2. Coach: Joe Gilbert.

PHS 38, TULSA CENTRAL 34

Lady Huskies: 16 - 6 - 10 - 6 — 38

Lady Braves: 2 - 7 - 11 - 14 — 34

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (3-5) — Keylee Kirk 9, Kailee Hambright 8, Sydney Sellers 7, Sarah Phillippi 6, Mya Hambright 2, Kyleigh Riebel 4, Star Sweeden 2. Coach: Lauri Shatswell.

Tulsa Central Lady Braves — Marisha Jordan 22, Parrish Buckner 3, Emmalee Wallace 0, Chardonnay Sewell 0, Tay’veonia Mathis 0, Dayshcauna Crooms 5, Leasha Wilson 2, Mykhael Birmingham 2. Coach: Tammy Altafer.