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Huskies claw past Panthers, 65-58, after Barnsdall girls escape with win

Mike ErwinJ-C Sports Writer
Huskies claw past Panthers, 65-58, after Barnsdall girls escape with win

Seventeen holi-days after they met on a neutral court, the Pawhuska and Barnsdall basketball squads turned things around Monday in their debut outings of 2016.

In a varsity double-header at Oren Terrill Field House, the PHS boys ran and gunned their way past the visiting Panthers. 65-58, after Barnsdall’s girls won the opener by three, 40-37. Those results reversed the winners from a little more than two weeks earlier when the Osage County rivals met at Sperry Tournament. In the Dec. 18 contests, Barnsdall’s boys wrested a 61-48 victory from the Huskies and the Pawhuska girls had hammered out a 10-point win — 39-29 — over the Lady Panthers.

Monday night’s boys’ game was an Old West shootout, while the offenses struggled mightily in the girls struggle. The Lady Huskies were consistent, as they chalked up nine total points in three of the quarters and 10 in the other. Barnsdall’s girls had a scoring line of 14 points in the opening period, six for the second, 12 in the third and eight during the fourth.

After firing out to a seven-point advantage, 19-12, at the end of the opening quarter, the Pawhuska boys failed to score until the last 25 seconds of the second period. Put-back buckets by Lance Harden and Mattheu Rector pushed the Huskies back in front at halftime, 23-20.

PHS increased its lead to six before consecutive corner treys by Christian Warford knotted it at 45-apiece. (The score was even eight times in the game.) After Barnsdall took a 47-45 advantage on a driving lay-in by Joe Gott, Rocky Murray answered with a bucket for PHS that tied things for the last time.

William Merrell knocked through 16 points to lead the Huskies and Bradley Moreland added 12. Rector recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Ben Gray scored 10 to go with six boards. Hayden Henley finished with four points and seven rebounds, while Nathan Richardson scored four and rebounded five. Pawhuska held an overall rebounding advantage of 46 to 26.

The Huskies connected on 11 of 19 free-throw attempts, which included six-for-eight shooting at the line in the fourth quarter. Panther shooters hit half of their 18 charity tosses. The home team went up by seven points on several occasions, but the Barnsdall boys kept battling back. Warford tallied 21 for the visitors to lead all scorers, while Brandon Bickford chipped in 13 and snagged nine rebounds. Gott netted 11 Panther points, with Landon Lanphear scoring six and pulling down seven.

Huskies’ head coach Chad Kills Crow was not on the PHS sideline Monday and school officials were not speculating on when he might return. The home team was sent on the court by veteran Pawhuska assistant coach Mark Frye, with former local star Jamison Cass continuing to provide support. Also assisting with the local coaching effort was Dale Christenson, a longtime area basketball mentor who has held high school head coaching positions here as well as at Barnsdall.

PHS Coach Lauri Shatswell said the Lady Huskies have no one to blame but themselves for losing their initial outing of 2016. The coach said her team may have “thought that since we’d been able to beat them before, it was going to happen again.”

“I don’t really blame it on being our first game after the holiday break,” said Shatswell. “We just failed to focus on what we were needing to do.”

“Rubber” games in this year’s three-part hoops series between PHS’s squads and the Panthers/Lady Panthers are set for Friday night, Jan. 15, at Barnsdall’s Joe Gilbert Field House.

Following a road trip to Newkirk on Tuesday, the PHS squads will host Dewey this Friday, Jan. 8 — which has been designated as “Hall of Fame Night” at Oren Terrill Field House. Five newly-inducted members of the Pawhuska Basketball Hall are to be introduced after the varsity girls’ contest concludes. An 8 p.m. tipoff is set for the Huskies’ matchup with the Bulldoggers. Barnsdall is slated for home games Tuesday versus Sperry and Friday against Hominy.

(GIRLS GAME)

BARNSDALL 40, PAWHUSKA 37

Lady Panthers: 14 - 6 - 12 - 8 — 40

Lady Huskies: 9 - 9 - 10 - 9 — 37

Barnsdall Lady Panthers (6-3) — Kayleigh Townley 12, Ciera McCabe 10, Caitlyn Eubank 8, Katie Gay 3, Alyssa Babb 3, Courtney Berry 3, Mariah Hatfield 1. Coach: Joe Gilbert.

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

HUSKIES 65, PANTHERS 58

Barnsdall: 12 - 8 - 17 - 21 — 58

Pawhuska: 19 - 4 - 16 - 26 — 65

Barnsdall Panthers (5-4) — Bradley Bickford 13, Joe Gott 11, Landon Lanphear 6, Derek Wilson 5, Elijah Gott 0, Christian Warford 21, Tyler Wilson 2. Coach: Clif Warford.

Pawhuska Huskies (3-6) — William Merrell 16, Bradley Moreland 12, Mattheu Rector 10, J.R. Young 5, Lance Harden 2, Hayden Henley 4, Nathan Richardson 4, Rocky Murray 2, Tucker Helmer 0, Brian Jeffers 0. Coach: Mark Frye.