Lady Huskies make a habit of winning

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

With two weeks remaining in the high school basketball regular season, the Pawhuska Lady Huskies won their third game in four nights Monday — a 60-31 road victory over the Dewey Lady Doggers that improved the PHS girls’ season record to 10-11.

The Lady Huskies also defeated the Lady Maroons at Perry, 44-26, Friday night before disposing of the Hominy Lady Bucks, 49-12, in a Saturday home makeup contest.

Kailee Hambright scored 14 points points in the humbling of Hominy. The Pawhuska senior hit the game’s opening bucket plus a three-pointer in the opening quarter, when the Lady Huskies built an 8-0 advantage. In the second period, she knocked down a pair of threes. Her sophomore sister, Mya Hambright, added three consecutive treys in the quarter as the PHS girls exploded for 21 points and took a 29-5 edge into halftime.

The Lady Huskies outscored the visitors, 10-5, in the third stanza and topped them by a 10-2 margin in the fourth. Pawhuska outrebounded Hominy 23 to 8, with junior Sydney Sellers leading the way with six. Sellers also scored six points, made five steals and blocked four Lady Buck shots.

Seniors Keylee Kirk and Genie Herren added one 3-pointer each for PHS, which wound up making 9 of 14 tries (64 percent) of its long-distance shots. The Lady Huskies overall field-goal percentage dropped down to 43 percent (18-for 42). From the free-throw line, Pawhuska made three of its six attempts while the Lady Bucks put through four of 14. Hominy made just four field goals out of its 25 shots and went 0-for-six from bonus range.

Mya Hambrights second-quarter outburst accounted for all nine of her points. Kirk tallied seven and had four offensive rebounds. Sophomores Star Sweeden added five points and senior Sarah Phillippi chipped in four. Sophomore Kyleigh Riebel made five steals against the Lady Bucks, who turned the ball over 27 times compared to 18 turnovers for the hosts.

Sellers led Pawhuska scorers, with 13 points, in Friday’s win at Perry. Kailee Hambright added 12, which included seven in the opening quarter when the visitors charged out to a 15-5 advantage. Phillippi contributed four first-period points. The Lady Huskies held a 10-point edge (27-10) at the half and outscored the Lady Maroons, 13-2, in the third quarter.

The PHS victory avenged an 18-point home loss to Perry (44-26) early this season. In their first game last week, the Pawhuska girls were slow off the mark in their homecoming night showdown with Nowata. The Lady Ironmen outscored the hosts, 22-6, in the third period en route to throttling the Lady Huskies, 55-31.

Top scorers for Pawhuska, with seven points apiece, were senior Kailee Hambright and Sweeden. The first basket of the game were made by PHS senior Keylee Kirk, who was later crowned as the Homecoming Queen.

NOWATA 55, PAWHUSKA 31

Iron Ladies : 11 - 11 - 22 - 11 — 55

Lady Huskies: 4 - 10 - 6 - 11 — 31

Nowata Lady Ironmen (9-7) — Reva Smith 13, Alecia Mayhew 10, Halley Hewitt 5, Alexis Mayhew 3, Emily Belden 2, Kennedy Downing 11, Jordan Lewis 8, No. 30 3. Coach: Kurt Heller.

Pawhuska Huskies (7-11) — Kailee Hambright 7, Keylee Kirk 4, Sydney Sellers 3, Sarah Phillippi 2, Mya Hambright 0, Star Sweeden 7, Sierra Sellers 3, Kyleigh Riebel 2, Rayven Stone 2, Blake Allen 1, Darienne Frye 0, Kianna Taylor 0, Sidney Walker 0, Allison Richardson 0.

PAWHUSKA 44, PERRY 26 (Girls)

Lady Huskies: 15 - 12 - 13 - 4 — 44

Lady Maroons: 5 - 12 - 2 - 7 — 26

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (8-11) — Sydney Sellers 13, Kailee Hambright 12, Sarah Phillippi 6, Keylee Kirk 3, Mya Hambright 0, Allison Richardson 6, Kyleigh Riebel 2, Sierra Sellers 2. Coach: Lauri Shatswell. Perry Lady Maroons (6-12) — Shields 9.

LADY HUSKIES 49, HOMINY 12

Lady Bucks: 0 - 5 - 5 - 2 — 12

Pawhuska: 8 - 21 - 10 - 10 — 49

Hominy Lady Bucks (5-10) — Darian Hinman 3, Madison McClatchey 2, Kaylee Bobbit 0, Cassie Owens 0, Christian Supernaw 0, Emily Myers 2, Hayden Fry 2, Raen Holding 2, Rachel Ferguson 1, Olivia Johnson 0. Coach: Michael Nordquist.

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (9-11) — Kailee Hambright 14, Mya Hambright 9, Keylee Kirk 7, Sydney Sellers 6, Star Sweeden 5, Sarah Phillippi 4, Genie Herren 3, Sierra Sellers 1, Kyleigh Riebel 0, Kianna Taylor 0, Blake Allen 0, Sidney Walker 0, Rayven Stone 0, Allison Richardson 0. Coach: Lauri Shatswell.