PHS boys rip past Woodland in shootout at Dewey tourney

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

DEWEY — In a rare basketball meeting between the two Osage County squads, the Pawhuska Huskies battled past the Woodland Cougars, 62-53, in A Saturday morning consolation game at the Dewey High School Invitational Tournament.

The Huskies got balanced scoring and benefited from a good start. PHS jumped ahead by 10 (19-9) after the opening quarter behind five-point contributions by senior center Hayden Henley and junior swingman Matheu Rector and a four-point frame from junior William Merrell. After the Cougars took a 6-4 lead, the Huskies reeled off 15 straight points.

After Kody Linde’s offensive rebound and bucket put Pawhuska in front by a dozen at the start of the second quarter, Woodland began creeping back — mainly on the strength of three-pointers by guards Keydan Burch and Gage McKinley, PHS countered with treys from by Rector and senior Bradley Moreland. As time was about to run out, senior Ben Gray fired through a three from the corner which returned the Huskie advantage to double digits, 34-25.

Pawhuska’s ultra-active defense helped spark an early run in the third period that put the Huskies up by 15. Consecutive threes by Harrison Redden and a floater by McKinley reduced the margin to five midway through the stanza. A minute later, McKinley was fouled while hitting a trey from the top of the arc and then completed the four-point play to pull the Cougars within a point, 40-39.

While free-throw accuracy produced a majority of the points over the remainder of the third quarter, buckets following offensive rebounds by J.R. Young and Rector tightened the Huskies’ choke-hold on the Cougars. Pawhuska’s newest roster-addition, Tyler Wilson, also alley-ooped a pass to PHS junior Nathan Richardson — whose streaking lay-in gave the Huskies a seven-point edge. The score at the start of the fourth period was Pawhuska 48-Woodland 41.

Cougar free-throw shooting was responsible for twice cutting the Huskie lead to five in the final period. A free shot by Lance Harden moved it up to six with three minutes left. Less than a half minute later, Richardson rebounded a Woodland miss and fired an outlet pass to Gray for a lay-up that returned the lead to 10 (53-43) with 2:30to play. Young scored on a breakaway and then passed to Richardson for another transition bucket as the Huskies put a stamp on their fifth season triumph.

Young topped Pawhuska scorers with 10 — all of them in the second half. Merrell, Rector and Gray added nine points each, while Henley and Richardson both tallied seven. McKinney lit it up with 21 points for the Cougars. He had four three-pointers and nailed seven of seven free-throw attempts. As a team, Woodland went 17-for-26 at the charity stripe while the Huskies made good on nine of 15. The Cougars had a 34-33 edge in total rebounds — with 6-5 Tyler Rhodes pulling down a team-high of nine. But, the Huskies held an 18-7 advantage on offensive boards, led by Gray with six total (four on O). Redden chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Cougars while Burch tallied 10 and rebounded seven.

The 3A Cleveland Tigers blew past the 2A Huskies, 66-22, in Thursday’s opening round at Dewey. Cleveland opened up an 11-2 lead in the opening quarter and had the PHS boys doubled up, 36-18, at halftime. The Tigers held a 22-6 scoring edge for the third period, but the Huskies held their own in the fourth — matching the eight-point total of their Class 3A rivals.

That set up a Friday showdown with Wesleyan Christian School which Bartlesville’s talented private schoolers won, 55-50. Following the game, the WCS coach commented, “They (the Huskies) were scrappy and they’ve added a new kid” who “adds a lot to their arsenal.”

The new kid — a.k.a. Barnsdall transfer Tyler Wilson — made his Huskies’ debut in the game against the Mustangs. He adds another athletic member to coach Mark Frye’s corps of reserves that is creating more and more havoc for Huskies’ opponents. (If you don’t believe it, just ask Woodland.)

Pawhuska was to host Nowata for homecoming on Tuesday night before travelling to Perry for a Friday night contest. Saturday night, a postponed early-season game with Hominy is slated at the PHS field house. Next Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Huskies and Lady Huskies are due for a return invasion to Dewey.


Pawhuska: 19 - 15 - 14 - 14 — 62

Woodland: 9 - 16 - 16 - 12 — 53

Pawhuska Huskies (5-12) — J.R. Young 10, Mattheu Rector 9, William Merrell 9, Hayden Henley 7, Bradley Moreland 3, Ben Gray 9, Nathan Richardson 7, Lance Harden 3, Tyler Wilson 2, Kody Linde 2, Brian Jeffers 1, Tucker Helmer 0, Braydon Wilson 0, Rocky Murray 0. Coach: Mark Frye.

Woodland Cougars (8-10) — Gage McKinney 21, Harrison Redden 12, Keydan Burch 10, Tyler Gordon 7, Tyler Rhodes 0, Taylor Hoskinson 3. Coach: Brady Goad.