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Lady Huskies take third at Dewey hoops tourney

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

DEWEY — Two victories over larger-sized schools and a strong showing earned the Pawhuska Lady Huskies third-place honors and an ever-increasing amount of court credibility at the Dewey High School Basketball Tournament.

Coach Lauri Shatswell’s 2A Lady Huskies improved to 7-10 for the year with a Saturday win over the host Lady Doggers, 60-31. The Pawhuska girls had started the tourney with a Thursday morning overtime triumph, 36-33, against the 3A Cleveland Lady Tigers. On Friday, the Lady Huskies matched up with Class 4A’s No. 19-ranked Grove Lady Ridgerunners — falling 44-36.

In Saturday’s third-place showdown, PHS jolted out to an 18-7 first-quarter lead and had the Lady Doggers down by 26 points (37-11) at halftime. According to the game report in the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, “(t)he Lady Huskies seemed to be almost perpetual motion” as they “just kept coming and coming and coming” against Dewey’s girls. In conclusion, the report stated: “Pawhuska seemed to be more motivated than an angry hurricane.”

During their tourney opener versus Cleveland, the Lady Huskies were slightly lacking in motivation early in the game — which prompted an “angry hurricane-like” pep talk from Shatswell. PHS trailed, 10-3, at the end of the first period when the coach told them: “You need to step up and do what you’re supposed to do. Now, get back out there and do what you’ve been coached to do.” Things didn’t improve immediately for the Pawhuskans, who fell behind by nine (15-6). But, 25 seconds before halftime, Sarah Phillippi put in a follow shot to get the Huskies within one and a free throw by Keylee Kirk after time had expired tied the contest, 16-16.

Pawhuska took a lead as the Lady Tigers went more than seven minutes without a bucket. When Cleveland finally connected with a three-point bomb to make it a one-point game (20-19), Lady Huskie sophomore Mya Hambright immediately answered from long range. The Lady Tigers persisted, however, and held a three-point edge (26-23) after three quarters. Cleveland hurt its chances by missing the front end of four consecutive one-and-one situations at the free-throw line. But, the Huskies weren’t much better at the charity stripe, where they hit 14 of 33 in the contest compared with the Lady Tigers’ 12 of 29.

The score had already been tied at 16, 26 and 29 when PHS sophomore Kyleigh Riebel connected with a three-ball from the corner with five seconds remaining in regulation and forced the game into overtime. Cleveland twice led by two points in the bonus session before a Phillippi free throw knotted the score for a fifth time (at 35-35) with 33 seconds left. A Lady Tiger missed field goal was rebounded by Riebel, who was fouled with two seconds showing on the clock. Although she had previously connected only once in nine free-throw attempts, Riebel put through her first shot and missed the second. Time expired before Cleveland could get off a shot.

The PHS girls took 40 shots from the field and connected for nine goals, which included making four of 15 launched at three-point range. Cleveland hit 10 field goals out of 32 attempts and were successful on three of 11 fired from long distance. Lady Huskies foul shooters converted 14 out of 33 and the Lady Tigers put in 12 of 28 at the line.

Turnovers were plentiful on both sides, with Cleveland losing 29 and Pawhuska 25. The Lady Tigers finished with 30 rebounds, which was one more than the Lady Huskies. Pawhuska’s total included 13 offensive boards, while the Lady Tigers had only six.

Grove’s girls had walloped their first-round foe, Wesleyan Christian, by a cool 50-point margin, 65-15, but were knocked off in the tourney finals by Lincoln Christian, 43-32. Earlier this year at the Nowata tourney, the Lady Huskies led Lincoln Christian for much of the game versus the before the Lady Bulldogs prevailed, 34-32.

LADY HUSKIES 36,

LADY TIGERS 33 (OT)

Pawhuska: 3 - 13 - 7 - 9 - 4 — 36

Cleveland: 10 - 6 - 10 - 6 - 3 — 35

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (6-9) — Mya Hambright 10, Sarah Phillippi 6, Keylee Kirk 6, Kailee Hambright 3, Sydney Sellers 0, Kyleigh Riebel 6, Sierra Sellers 5, Genie Herren 0, Darienne Frye 0, Star Sweeden 0. Coach: Lauri Shatswell.

Cleveland Lady Tigers (4-11) — Mallory Cowen 9, Cheyenne Bartling 8, Whitney Dugan 3, Allie Kesner 3, Lexie Roe 6, Kelsey Fisher 3, Annie Fluman 2, Gracie Roe 1, Kirsten Purcell 0, Jacie Fields 0. Coach: Kayla Allen.