Victory at Pawnee highlights hoops week for Lady Huskies

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

BARNSDALL — Barnsdall’s Allyssa Babb hit the game-winning three-pointer with four seconds left Friday to lifted the Lady Panthers over the Pawhuska Lady Huskies, 39-37, at the Joe Gilbert Field House.

The bucket by Babb answered hometown prayers and capped an unlikely comeback for the Lady Panthers, who had trailed visiting Pawhuska throughout the final 13 minutes of the contest — until Babb’s shot cleared the net. Time expired as Pawhuska rushed to inbound the ball for a final, desperation heave.

With 13 seconds remaining, the host squad was still down by three when Ciara McCabe rebounded a missed free throw by the Lady Huskies. The clock was down to 10.6 seconds as McCabe converted two free throws and put the Lady Panthers within a point, 37-36.

Following a timeout, Pawhuska threw the ball away while attempting to put it in play at the Barnsdall end of the court. Mariah Hatfield then inbounded for the Lady Panthers to McCabe, who passed to Babb on the wing for the game-winner.

Babb’s 16-point point performance included four three-pointers. The senior sparkplug also had three rebounds and two steals. Barnsdall juniors Caitlyn Eubank and Kayleigh Townley added nine and eight points, respectively. Eubank finished with six rebounds and made one three-pointer, while Townley had five boards, four steals and hit a pair of treys. McCabe also had four swipes.

The Lady Huskies held a 36-to-21 rebounding advantage over the hosts. Pawhuska’s statistical leaders included junior Sydney Sellers with 13 points, seven rebounds plus a blocked shot and senior Kailee Hambright with six points and a game-topping eight rebounds. Also for PHS, sophomore Kyleigh Riebel scored eight points and grabbed six boards (with five of those coming at the offensive end). Another sophomore, Sierra Sellers nabbed seven rebounds.

At the free throw line, the Lady Panthers made nine of 20 attempts and the Lady Huskies connected on six of 10. Overall, the home team was 12 of 35 shooting from the field and the visitors made 15 shots out of 50 tries. Barnsdall hit seven three-pointers out of 12 attempts while Pawhuska tried six threes and hit only one, by Mya Hambright.

Barnsdall jumped to a 9-4 advantage at the end of the opening period. After leading by as many as nine, 19-10, the Lady Panthers held a one-point edge (21-20) at the break. The score was tied only once, at 26-apiece with a little over five minutes to play in the third quarter. Pawhuska’s biggest lead was seven, at 33-26, shortly before the end of the third.

The Lady Panthers improved to 11-3 by notching their seventh straight triumph. Their last defeat came at the hands of the Lady Huskies, who captured a 49-39 win in last month’s Sperry Tournament. Barnsdall’s seven-game run including a 40-37 victory over the Lady Huskies earlier this month, in Pawhuska.

Pawhuska is slated to play a Thursday morning “wake-up”game against the Cleveland Lady Tigers in the opening round of the Dewey Tournament. Tipoff is set for 10 a.m.

PHS BASKETBALL HOMECOMING

Pawhuska High School Basketball Homecoming 2016 will be observed next Tuesday evening, Jan. 26, during the Huskies’ and Lady Huskies’ basketball games with Nowata. Varsity action will tip off at 6:30 o.m. at PHS Oren Terrill Field House.

This year’s Homecoming Queen is Keylee Kirk. Her senior escort will be Lance Harden and senior Tucker Helmer will be crowning captain for the Huskies.

Freshman attendant is Kiana Taylor and her escort will be Sam West. The sophomore attendant is Sidney Walker and Brayden Wilson is sophomore escort. Junior attendant Eva Harden will be escorted by sophomore Nathan Richardson. The senior attendant, Sarah Phillippi, is to be escorted by senior Bradley Moreland.

LADY HUSKIES LOSE TO NOWATA BY 7

NOWATA — The Lady Huskies led Nowata, 12-9, after the opening quarter and held a one-point advantage at halftime (26-25) before the Lady Ironmen outscored them, 12-5, in the third period.

Nowata overcame the visiting Pawhuskans, 53-46. Kennedy Downing scored 16 points as the Lady Ironmen posted their third straight victory. The sophomore scored nine of her game-high 16 points in the second quarter when the Lady Ironmen tallied 16. Nowata put up that same hefty total in the fourth stanza. Downing converted 10 of her 11 free-throw attempts while her team combined to go 14-for-20 at the stripe.

The Lady Ironmen kept their edge down the stretch despite the efforts of Lady Huskie senior Keylee Kirk, who tallied seven points in the stanza and 15 for the game. Pawhuska’s girls shot woefully from the free-throw line, sinking just three of their 13 tries.

Halley Hewitt hit three of Nowata’s six three-pointers, including two in the first 1:45 of the contest.

RARE FEAT

PAWNEE — The Pawhuska Lady Huskies knocked off the Pawnee Lady Black Bears, 35-31, in a Tuesday, Jan. 12, basketball road game.

The PHS girls stifled the Lady Bears with solid defense and hit a relatively high percentage of their shots from the field in recording their first victory over Pawnee since 2011.

NOWATA 53, PAWHUSKA 46

Lady Huskies: 12 - 14 - 5 - 15 — 46

Lady Ironmen: 9 - 16 - 12 - 16 — 53

Pawhuska Huskies (5-8) — Keylee Kirk 15, Sydney Sellers 8, Mya Hambright 6, Sarah Phillippi 4, Kaillee Hambright 3, Genie Herren 5, Kyleigh Riebel 4, Sierra Sellers 1, Darienne Frye 0. Coach: Lauri Shatswell.

Nowata Ironmen (6-5) — Reva Smith 11, Halley Hewitt 10, Emily Belden 6, Alexis Mayhew 5, Alecia Mayhew 2, Kennedy Downing 16, Jordan Lewis 3. Coach: Kurt Heller.

BARNSDALL 39, PAWHUSKA 37

Lady Huskies: 4 - 16 - 13 - 4 — 37

Lady Panthers: 9 - 12 - 8 - 10 — 39

Pawhuska Huskies (5-9) — Sydney Sellers 13, Kaillee Hambright 6, Keylee Kirk 3, Mya Hambright 3, Sarah Phillippi 2, Kyleigh Riebel 8, Genie Herren 2, Star Sweeden 0, Sierra Sellers 0, Darienne Frye 0. Coach: Lauri Shatswell.

Barnsdall Lady Panthers (11-3) — Alyssa Babb 16, Caitlyn Eubank 9, Kayleigh Townley 8, Cierra McCabe 4, Katie Gay 2, Mariah Hatfield 1, Courtney Berry 0. Coach: Joe Gilbert.