PHS girls top Dewey, 43-25

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

The Pawhuska Lady Huskies emerged from a New Year funk Friday to claim their first basketball victory of 2016 with a 43-25 dismantling of the Dewey Lady Doggers.

On a night set aside to honor Pawhuska stars of the past, the present Lady Huskies celebrated by grinding their way past the larger-class Dogger girls and getting back on track for the second portion of the high school season. The PHS girls used balanced scoring and superior rebounding to take control of the game after halftime and cruising to the 18-point win. After trailing throughout the opening half, the Lady Huskies outscored the visitors, 16-7, in the third quarter and, 14-4, during the fourth.

PHS center Sydney Sellers just missed registering a double-double as she had 10 points and nine rebounds. The junior also while made five steals and blocked four shots. Lady Huskie senior Genie Herren added seven points, along with five boards and a block. Before leaving the game due to injury midway through the second period, senior Kailee Hambright blocked a shot, stole the ball twice and scored six points — which included hitting Pawhuska’s only three-point shot of the contest. (Hambright was expected to be back in action for this week’s games.)

Things progressed at an Ice Age pace following the opening tip-off. After Dewey took a 1-0 lead 38 seconds into the game, there were no more points scored for over four minutes when the Lady Doggers connected from three-point range. Hambright responded with a three-pointer from the corner 20 seconds later. She and Herren hit free throws to put Pawhuska down by one, 5-4, at the of the first quarter. PHS and Dewey matched offensive outputs, 9-9, in the second period, and the home team remained down by a point, 14-13.

The Pawhuska girls took the lead for the first time in the second minute of the second half. Sellers drove for a layup following an offensive rebound and assist by senior Sarah Phillippi. Two minutes later, those same connections gave the Lady Huskies a six-points edge, at 21-15.

Phillippi put in four points and pulled down six rebounds for PHS, with sophomore whirlwind Kyleigh Riebel scoring five to go with five boards. Mya Hambright added five rebounds and Darienne Frye chipped in two as the Lady Huskie squad combined for 40 rebounds, which included 16 of the offensive persuasion. Dewey’s 26 rebounds included only five on offense.

Pawhuska’s 16 third-quarter points equalled their scoring total from last week’s lopsided loss at Newkirk. The Lady Huskies were to play at Pawnee on Tuesday, with road showdowns at Nowata on Thursday and with Barnsdall on Friday. On Thursday, Jan. 21, both PHS squads will have first-round matchups against Cleveland in the Dewey Basketball Tournament. The Lady Huskies and Lady Tigers will play at 10 a.m., with the boys’ teams starting at 11:30.

Last Friday’s Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony included induction of the seventh former PHS Lady Huskie. Gayla Boone was a four-year member of local teams from 1985 to 1988 — when Oklahoma’s high schools were competing in a six-on-six format that featured three players on each half of the court.

PAWHUSKA 43, DEWEY 25

Lady Doggers: 5 - 9 - 7 - 4 — 25

Lady Huskies: 4 - 9 - 16 - 14 — 43

Dewey Lady Doggers (4-5) — Karissa Jones 7, Kiersten Vincent 7, Erin Herchock 4, Emma Tillman 4, Emily Sellers 1, Ashley Bridges 1, Mariah Richardson 1, Kennedy Cleveland 0. Coach: Ernest Jones III.

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (3-7) — Sydney Sellers 10, Genie Herren 7, Kailee Hambright 6, Kyleigh Riebel 5, Sarah Phillippi 4, Keylee Kirk 4, Mya Hambright 2, Star Sweeden 2, Sierra Sellers 2, Darienne Frye 1. Coach: Lauri Shatswell.